Stage and Screen: Dear England (2024) – National Theatre Live
Director: Rupert Goold Run Time: 191 min. Release Year: 2024
Starring: Crystal Candie, Gina McKee, Joseph Fiennes, Will Close, Will Fletcher
Country: United Kingdom
About the film:
Filmed live on stage at the National Theatre, Joseph Fiennes plays Gareth Southgate in playwright James Graham’s gripping examination of nation and game.
“a wildly entertaining romp through the reformation of the England men’s team under Joseph Fiennes’ pitch-perfect Gareth Southgate”
—Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out
The country that gave the world football has since delivered a painful pattern of loss. Why can’t England’s men win at their own game? With the worst track record for penalties in the world, Gareth Southgate knows he needs to open his mind and face up to the years of hurt, to take team and country back to the promised land.
About the filmmaker:
Rupert Goold is a two-time Olivier Award-winning director and the Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre. As a filmmaker, he directed the first episode of the award-winning 2012 mini-series Hollow Crown and made his feature film debut with True Story (2015). His other films include the live stage performances Richard III (2016), the BAFTA-nominated BBC movie King Charles III (2017), and the feature film Judy (2019), which earned Renée Zellweger numerous accolades including the Academy Award for Best Actress. Goold was previously Artistic Director of Headlong Theatre from 2005 to 2013, Associate Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2009 to 2012, and Artistic Director of Northampton Theatres from 2002 to 2005.See our upcoming films