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The Damed United – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Anders Lustgarten (adapted from David Peace book) Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Joan Phillips If you are a certain age and if ‘the beautiful game’ is, as Bill Shankly put it, ‘more important than life or death’ then this is a play for you. Based on David Peace’s eponymous novel, The Damned United is the story of Brian Clough’s doomed ...

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The Damned United – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Anders Lustgarten Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Jay Nuttall I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the business. But I was in the top one. Just one of many quotes from the bullish, brash and brazen football manager Brian Clough. The Damned United charts the turbulent 44 days he found himself in charge of high flying Leeds United ...

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The Damned United – Shaw Lane Sports Club, Barnsley

Poster image for The Damned United

Writer:  Anders Lustgarten Original author: David Peace Director: Rod Dixon Set & Projection Designer: Nina Dunn Reviewer: Rob Atkinson Coming in from a snowy evening in Barnsley, the audience for this three-handed analysis of departed genius stepped into the white heat of one of football’s most bizarre and enduring controversies: the appointment of Brian Clough, Old Big ‘Ead himself, to ...

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Lampedusa – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

man and woman crawling in sand

Writer: Anders Lustgarten Director: Jack Nurse Reviewer: R. G. Balgray Lampedusa: the small Italian island whose name hit the headlines when it emerged as the landing point for boat-borne migrants travelling across the Mediterranean from Libya and beyond. Here, the play by Anders Lustgarten dramatising aspects of its situation and some of the many issues it raises. In the theatre-in-the-round ...

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The Damned United – Grove Hall, South Kirkby

Writer: Anders Lustgarten Adapted from the novel by: David Peace Director: Rod Dixon Set and Projections: Nina Dunn Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Damned United has practically gained the status of folklore, especially in West Yorkshire. Initially, David Peace’s book made an impact as a powerful, imaginative, occasionally poetic insight into what made Brian Clough the flawed genius he was and ...

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The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Anders Lustgarten Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: James Bartholomeusz   Some of the least surprising revelations from the Panama Papers have been those relating to the ruling elite of China. The world already knew about the high-profile case of Bo Xilai and his wife Gu Kailai, in which the latter poisoned the British businessman Neil Heywood in his hotel room ...

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Lampedusa – HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh

Writer:Anders Lustgarten Director: Steven Atkinson Reviewer: Glen Pearce   The shore at Aldeburgh is no stranger to art and drama. Maggi Hambling’s Scallop and Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes all using the wave-lapped shingle beach as inspiration. That backdrop also provides a surprisingly effective setting for the HighTide transfer of Anders Lustgarten’s Lampedusa. This HighTide staging takes place in a geodesic ...

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INTERVIEW: Anders Lustgarten on Lampedusa and political writing

With our TV screens and news pages filled with images of refugees attempting to cross into Europe, the topic of migration has rarely seen so relevant. Anders Lustgarten’s hard-hitting play, Lampedusa, looks at the grim task of retrieving bodies of those who perish crossing the Mediterranean looking for a new life. It was, however, ahead of its time and was ...

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