The Greater Game

LAPA with Stephen Jenkins and Peter Kitchen presents The Greater Game by Michael Head

Based on the book “They Took the Lead” by Stephen Jenkins

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The Greater Game tells the fascinating true story of the 41 men who swapped the football fields of London for the battle fields of the Somme in 1916.

East London football club Leyton Orient, then known as Clapton Orient, was the first team to sign up its players, staff and supporters to fight in the Great War. 41 men volunteered in all. Three of them never returned.

Based on the book ‘They Took The Lead’ by Stephen Jenkins, this new play of love, friendship and loss tells both sides of the story from the flag waving patriotism to the conscientious objectors.

Directed by Tilly Vosburgh (Eastenders, Far From The Madding Crowd, Atonement, Call the Midwife, Vera Drake) and written by Bermondsey born comedy writer Michael Head.

Part of the Royal British Legion’s centenary commemorations of the Battle Of The Somme and Sports Remembers campaign.


To get tickets

Southwark Playhouse, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD

15 September - 15 October 2016

Start Time 7.30pm

Matinee Starts 3pm

Running Time 130 mins including interval

Price £20 | £16 concessions | £12 previews

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Proudly sponsored by the Royal British Legion in association with The PFA.

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