Arts & Culture

‘Dear England’ to be screened at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as part of National Theatre Live collaboration

Featured Image: A ‘Dear England’ screening at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

As part of an ambition to create a sport, leisure, arts and entertainment destination in London, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is set to host a special screening of ‘Dear England’, a play from James Graham examining the nation’s relationship with football. 

The screening forms part of a collaboration between Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur and National Theatre Live.

It is not the first time Tottenham has embraced arts and culture, with the club having partnered with Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) in 2022 to enhance young people’s engagement with theatre in the local area.

The event is open to the public and will take place on Thursday (January 25), with an exclusive guided tour of the stadium included in the price of the ticket.

“We are delighted to be able to bring an exclusive screening of ‘Dear England’ to Tottenham, which further underlines the club’s ability to bring the best of culture and arts to the area,” said Donna-Maria Cullen, executive director of Tottenham Hotspur.

“Our collaboration with National Theatre Live further builds on our aim of creating a premier sports, leisure and entertainment destination in London N17.”

‘Dear England’ offers an insight into the psychology of Gareth Southgate’s England team in the lead up to the FIFA World Cup in 2018, in which the side finished fourth. Southgate is played by British actor Joseph Fiennes.

The guided stadium tour will begin at 18:00 local time in the Tottenham Experience, while the screening will begin at 19:30 in the Tottenham Hotspur Press Auditorium. A screening was also recently held for young people, including performing arts students from local groups.

The 62,850-capacity Tottenham Hotspur Stadium opened in 2019, and has since hosted a range of events, concerts and more alongside its traditional football matches. It is also the first stadium to house a contemporary art gallery, with OOF having taken residence in Warmington House since 2021. The gallery delivers football-theme exhibitions from contemporary artists including Sarah Lucas, Martin Parr and Hank Willis Thomas.

There are further plans for the development of a cultural quarter, PAXTON17 – which is already home to the Sarabande Foundation – and will include additional arts and culture organisations.

Tickets for Thursday’s screening of ‘Dear England’ with a Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tour are now on sale.