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”Dear England” at the National Theatre – full cast confirmed to join Joseph Fiennes as Gareth Southgate

The cast of Dear England in rehearsals
The cast of Dear England in rehearsals
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Complete casting has been revealed for the upcoming National Theatre production of Dear England, written by James Graham (Best of Enemies) and directed by Rupert Goold (Tammy Faye).

Joining previously announced Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale), who takes on the role of Gareth Southgate, are Gina McKee (Bodyguard) as Pippa Grange, sports psychologist and Head of People and Team Development at The Football Association from 2017 until 2019.

Gina McKee (as Pippa Grange)
Gina McKee (as Pippa Grange)
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Also appearing are Josh Barrow as Jordan Pickford, Gunnar Cauthery as Gary Lineker, Will Close as Harry Kane, Crystal Condie as Alex Scott, Will Fletcher as Jordan Henderson, Sean Gilder as Sam Allardyce, Darragh Hand as Marcus Rashford, John Hodgkinson as Greg Clarke, Adam Hugill as Harry Maguire, Albert Magashi as Jadon Sancho, Kel Matsena as Raheem Sterling, Abdul Sessay as Bukayo Saka, Lewis Shepherd as Dele Alli, Paul Thornley as Mike Webster, Tony Turner as Greg Dyke and Ryan Whittle as Eric Dier.

Darragh Hand (as Marcus Rashford)
Darragh Hand (as Marcus Rashford)
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The company is completed by Nick Barclay, Tashinga Bepete, Will Harrison-Wallace and Miranda Heath, while the cast will also be playing additional roles as part of the ensemble.

Sean Gilder and Tashinga Bepete
Sean Gilder and Tashinga Bepete
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The piece, which follows Southgate’s mammoth task of transforming the men’s national football team, features set design by Es Devlin, costume design by Evie Gurney, lighting design by Jon Clark, movement direction by Ellen Kane and Hannes Langolf, sound design by Dan Balfour and Tom Gibbons, video design by Ash J Woodward, and casting by Bryony Jarvis-Taylor. Richard Ryder serves as dialect coach, with Elin Schofield as associate director.

Joseph Fiennes (as Gareth Southgate)
Joseph Fiennes (as Gareth Southgate)
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The production will also see Graham reunite with Goold after the pair’s previous collaborations on Tammy Faye and Ink.

Dear England is set to run in the Olivier Theatre from 10 June to 11 August, with a press night on 20 June.

Abdul Sessay (as Bukayo Saka)
Abdul Sessay (as Bukayo Saka)
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Lewis Shepherd (as Deli Alli)
Lewis Shepherd (as Deli Alli)
© Marc Brenner

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