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The Damned United (Red Ladder Theatre and Unity Theatre Liverpool)

By | Published on Monday 21 August 2017

Football is the beautiful game, but for some it can be a truly bleak existence. ‘The Damned United’ examines both realities in this play, adapted from the novel by David Peace. What sets this production apart from other versions is the more intense focus on the relationship between main characters Brian Clough and Peter Taylor, played by Luke Dickson and David Chafer respectively. The two leads are excellent, particularly when Taylor acts almost as a voice in Clough’s head during their time at Derby, and as the latter struggles without his former assistant as manager of Leeds United. This is an intimate character study of one of sport’s biggest personalities and is a brilliant production for both football fans and theatre lovers.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Lewis Frain]