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The Damned United

Red Ladder Theatre Company presents:
The Damned United

Wednesday 24th October 2018 7.30pm

Written by Anders Lustgarten adapted from the novel by David Peace
Directed by Rod Dixon


Brian Clough’s journey from his beloved Derby County to the team he hated the most.

Down the stairs…
Along the corridor…
Round the corner…
Into the dressing room…

HIS dressing room.

Hateful, hateful place
Spiteful, spiteful place.
Dirty, dirty Leeds.

1974. Brian Clough, the enfant terrible of British football, tries to redeem his career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team. Leeds United. The team he has openly despised for years, the team he hates and which hates him. Don Revie’s Leeds.

Adapted from David Peace’s brilliant and ingenious novel, The Damned United takes you inside the tortured mind of a genius slamming up against his limits, and brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet.



From the month-long run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a performance at Unity Liverpool (25.7),
Pleasance Above – August 2017

'Rod Dixon’s production is brisk and direct... ingenious use of projection' The Reviews Hub

'.. a tribute to an era-defining genius, a portrait of a man terminally wrapped-up in his own bravado... a bloody good story about sporting rivalry' The Stage, ★★★★

From the original production co-produced with West Yorkshire Playhouse, world premiere 2016
‘ a piece of theatre it really hits the back of the net.’ 
Steve Orme, British Theatre Guide

‘The play is ingeniously staged by Rod Dixon’
Michael Billington, The Guardian

‘A beautifully crafted and imaginative piece of theatre’
The Yorkshire Post

‘Clough and Taylor talk through a lot of their history here, but you don’t need to be any kind of football fan to get fired up by this show. This is a character study, a look at a man inseparable from his mask.’★★★★ The Times

‘Gripping portrayal of a flawed football genius’ The List ★★★★

‘powerful and demanding, Red Ladder Theatre Company’s production of The Damned United is every bit as belligerent and uncompromising as the protagonist of its story' Broadway Baby ★★★★

‘a fascinating, if fictional, psychological study of one of sport’s most complex, charismatic and infuriating characters’ Arts City Liverpool ★★★★

‘a masterpiece of theatre’
★★★★ Liverpool Sound and Vision

'an assured and vibrant take on the passion and brutality of “the working man’s ballet'
The National

Age Recommendation: 14+ (Contains very strong language)

Check out the trailer here: 

PLEASE NOTE, This performance has moved from the Main Auditorium to the Studio Theatre and as such Rush seating will now apply. If you have booked seats and would prefer to choose where you sit, please contact Box Office on 01507 600350 or email

Later Event: October 25
Stories on a String