Dear England (West End)
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Dear England (West End)
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Dear England (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

91%
(178 Ratings)
Positive
95%
Mixed
3%
Negative
2%
Members say
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Funny

About the Show

Joseph Fiennes stars in the West End transfer of James Graham's play about the England men’s football team.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (90)

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139 Reviews | 11 Followers
100
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if My show of the year, really engaging. And you don't even need to know or like football.

Don't see it if Support Scotland.

55 Reviews | 5 Followers
100
Clever, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if you enjoy a really good show. this one is truly a masterpiece

Don't see it if you don’t like theatre. I honestly cant find any other reason

69 Reviews | 8 Followers
100
Riveting, Dynamic choreography, Great staging, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you like football or you're clueless about football; care about being kind in life; you enjoy dynamic staging and choreography

Don't see it if you find a busy stage difficult - at times there is strobe lighting, choreography, giant overhead ring light and pumping music Read more

194 Reviews | 38 Followers
100
Dizzying, Endearing, Epic, Great staging, Great acting

See it if EVEN if you know nothing about football. They tell you all you need to know!

Don't see it if you only like short plays

53 Reviews | 1 Follower
95
Riveting, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You’re a football fan and also if you’re not

Don't see it if You don’t appreciate great writing and performance

59 Reviews | 3 Followers
95
Must see, Masterful, Riveting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like a well written play with some great acting. You don’t have to like football to love this

Don't see it if Can’t think of a reason…

67 Reviews | 0 Followers
91
Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You love football. Even more so if you love James Graham - he strikes again with a genius telling of something that shouldn’t interest me.

Don't see it if You don’t like interesting staging and clever storytelling.

114 Reviews | 14 Followers
91
Intense, Hilarious, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like football

Don't see it if you don't have an interest in the sport

Critic Reviews (9)

The Times (UK)
October 23rd, 2023

"Rupert Goold, never one to leave his showmanship in the locker room, has rarely married storytelling with spectacle with more of a flourish. Between him and Graham and an ensemble so good it would be invidious to pick out individuals (sorry, lads) they ensure that a huge cast of characters are delineated with wit and clarity."
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
October 19th, 2023

“When the curtain falls it’s a case of ‘they think it’s all over’ but of course this time, it’s not. Outside a West End theatre, Southgate remains in the job and shows no signs of going anytime soon. So, although Graham doesn’t have a true ending to this story, Dear England stands proud as a joyful portrayal of the game, and a heartfelt celebration of teamwork.”
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All That Dazzles (UK)
October 23rd, 2023

“While the acting and direction are as good as it gets, it really is the writing that puts Dear England at the top of the league...The way this play manages to connect with its audience, finding its way into their very soul, is something few shows manage to achieve successfully. “
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The Telegraph (UK)
October 20th, 2023

“Against a fracturing sense of national identity, ‘’Dear England’ makes manifest the everyday glue that binds us...God knows what the tourists will make of it. No matter. This is a rare and special thing – a play that dares to let us feel not so bad about being us.”
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London Theatre
October 23rd, 2023

“James Graham’s multi-faceted play ‘Dear England,’ in Rupert Goold’s tremendous production, has the sweep and crowd-pleasing energy of a musical; it’s both populist and deeply thoughtful, and told with such warmth and wit that football fanatics and sceptics alike will probably be willing to die for Southgate and his team by the end.”
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The Arts Desk
October 21st, 2023

“This is still a terrific evening of navel-gazing that the nation has to keep doing, in search of an answer to what it means in these post-Brexit days to be not just an England footballer, but English.”
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Everything Theatre (UK)
October 22nd, 2023

“James Graham’s superb play ‘Dear England’ is a love letter not only to the sport, but to the power it has to affect change across a nation and within individuals. An extraordinarily inspiring and enlightening production, it explores human possibility and positive transformation through football, demonstrating how beautiful relationships can be generated when care is taken.”
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Lost in Theatreland (UK)
October 23rd, 2023

“ ‘Dear England’ is a play for our conflicted and troubled country, exploring the complexities of fandom and national pride in such a joyful way, whilst allowing space to recognise the racism...it’s a beautifully clear, rousing, and celebratory exploration of football that has the power to reach the hearts of even the most uninitiated audience members, and give them the chance to feel it all, from the inside out.”
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