The Damned United - Red Ladder Theatre Company

Red Ladder Theatre Company

< BACK TO current shows

The Damned United

16 June 2022 - 2 July 2022


By Anders Lustgarten
Adapted from the novel by David Peace
Directed by Rod Dixon


Down the stairs…

Along the corridor…

Round the corner…

Into the dressing room…

HIS dressing room.

Hateful, hateful place. Spiteful, spiteful place.

Dirty, dirty Leeds.


1974. Brian Clough, the enfant terrible of British football, tries to redeem his managerial career and reputation by winning the European Cup with his new team: Leeds United. The team he has openly despised for years, the team he hates and which hates him. Don Revie’s Leeds.

The Damned United takes you inside the tortured mind of a genius slamming up against his limits, and brings to life the beauty and brutality of football, the working man’s ballet.


Age Guidance: 14+
Content Warnings: Extremely strong language
Running time: 70mins

Originally co-produced with Leeds Playhouse. 


Red Ladder Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed adaptation of The Damned United returns for a limited run this summer, touring to regional theatres and non-traditional spaces on our flagship Red Ladder Local circuit across Yorkshire and The Midlands. See below for full tour schedule.




We are pleased to be offering captioning for every performance of The Damned United on this tour.

Captioning is available via The Difference Engine.
Download the app here.


Praise for The Damned United

‘A feisty full-on adaptation of David Peace’s novel’
The Stage (4 stars)

‘A cracking piece of theatre’
British Theatre (4 stars)



Rockwell Community Centre, Bradford
29 Jun 2022

Skipton Town Hall, Skipton
30 Jun 2022

Rotherham Civic Theatre, Rotherham
1 Jul 2022 – 2 Jul 2022