Glory - CANCELLED - Red Ladder Theatre Company

Red Ladder Theatre Company

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30 June 2021 - 30 June 2021

We are sorry to say that our live performance of ‘Glory’ on Wednesday 30th June has been CANCELLED due to a member of the company falling ill.

Bookers: you will be contacted by Leeds Playhouse, via the email with which you booked, in due course.

Red Ladder and The Dukes – Lancaster in association with Tamasha present


Meet Dan, Ben and Sami.

Three wrestlers compelled over the ropes and into the ring to fight for glory. Three men wrestling with demons, life, each other.

Jim ‘Glorious’ Glory used to be somebody. In the heyday of British wrestling, he was a colossus. Now his empire has crumbled.

Through Dan, Ben and Sami, Jim catches a glimpse of resurrection; a chance to re-establish his great name and his decaying gym. But do they want to wrestle and restore Jim’s glory? Or do they have a different fight in mind?

Only one hero can emerge.

A new play from the writer of Partition and the award-winning The Chef Show – GLORY takes us into the wrestling ring in this painfully funny, sweaty and gutsy story about what people will do to achieve glory.

Glory has been supported through Arts Council England’s Sustained Fund.



Reviews for Glory

“It has the best stage fighting this side of the Royal Albert Hall, courtesy of choreographer Kevin McCurdy, and a keen sense of an old order being upturned.” **** (four stars), The Guardian, Mark Fisher

“This is a brave, bold production that could easily tip into racism while trying to highlight the racial tensions of modern-day Britain, but it doesn’t. Nick Ahad’s controlled, witty writing holds the production together while Rod Dixon’s direction keeps it from spilling into just another Rocky-esque testosterone comeback story… it is exhilarating to watch.” **** (four stars), The Stage, Wendy Pratt

Nick Ahad is never afraid to confront the thornier issues of life in modern day multicultural Britain. [Glory is] entertainment with a powerful message that gets you in a headlock, hits you in the funny bone and breaks your heart.  **** (four stars), Yorkshire Post, Yvette Huddleston

Breathtakingly convincing… Rod Dixon’s direction is direct and powerful, never afraid of expressing emotion loudly and violently, nor of silence as a tool for tension or humour – and the fact that this supremely serious play is often very funny needs stating. **** 1/2 stars (four and a half stars), The Reviews Hub, Ron Simpson

“If you have to fight for a ticket to see Glory, it’s well worth the effort.” **** (four stars), British Theatre Guide, David Upton

“While the dialogue is ingeniously witty, the physicality encompassed within the production is magnificent…. an affectingly impassioned and impactful story with real-life blows.”  ***** (five stars), SCAN, Lancaster University

Reviews for Nick Ahad’s previous plays:

“Ahad must be congratulated on tackling the weighty issue of Partition with such a deft lightness of touch… with wit, real emotional depth and great humanity.’ Yorkshire Post on Nick Ahad’s play Partition2017

Partition is by some distance his best work’ North West End, 2018

“…a stroke of genius… very funny” Yorkshire Post on Nick Ahad’s play The Chef Show

**World Premiere 2019. Back for one performance only June 30th 2021 in Leeds!**