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The Damned United – The Lowry, Salford

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Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Andrea Allen Adapted from David Peace’s 2006 novel, The Damned United tracks the tumultuous and ultimately failed 42-day reign of Brian Clough as manager of Leeds United. The show draws its inspiration from the book rather than the 2009 film, those hoping for a repeat Michael Sheen’s lovable, rogue family man portrayal will be disappointed. The ...

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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

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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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The Damned United – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

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Writer: David Peace Director: Rod Dixon Reviewer: Rich Jevons Red Ladder’s take on David Peace’s seminal The Damned United, already made into a successful film, is less biopic than the movie, but rather explores the mindset of Brian Clough during his 44-day reign at Leeds United. Director Rod Dixon sees Clough as become a Greek or Shakespearean hero replete with ...

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