The Giant Killers

Fri 19 Jul & Sat 20 Jul 2024 / 7:30pm Start Darwen Library Theatre
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The Long Lane Theatre Company’s The Giant Killers presents the critically acclaimed, inspiring true story of Football’s greatest underdog.

Taking place in Lancashire in the 1870s, amidst the poverty and social unrest in The North resulting from the recent cotton famine, Darwen FC rose up against the prevailing social prejudice; a shining beacon of hope for the millions of people left feeling utterly disenfranchised in a society with a chasm of social divides.

Set in the early years of Association Football, The Giant Killers follows a ragtag bunch of Lancashire mill workers who defied all odds to become the first working class team in the country to play in the FA Cup. They take on “the poshest team of all” the Old Etonians, and with this unexpected pivotal match, they earned their place in history as the first real ‘giant killers’ in English football.

Whilst the true story took place 150 years ago, the social and political issues of that time resonate as strongly as ever in the current climate and speak to people far beyond football enthusiasts.
Scoring a moral victory in a classist game, the battlefield is on the pitch in a rip roaring show full of sprit and passion that uplifts, enheartens, and will ignite a fire in everyone whether you know the offside rule or not.

We can confirm we have Graham Butler who is returning to play the role of Billy Walsh, the captain of the Darwen team. Graham has played leading roles in The West End (Christopher in The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night time), at Shakespeare’s Globe (Henry in Henry VI), and at the National Theatre (In Katie Mitchells acclaimed production of Sarah Kane’s Cleansed). On television he is best known for playing Peter Murray in Sky Atlantic’s Penny Dreadful.

The fourth role (James Ashton) is to be played by Nicholas Shaw, the star of Foyles War (ITV) and Land Girls (BBC). He has also played Hamlet in ‘Hamlet’ (Northern Broadsides), and appeared in Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies (RSC/West End/Broadway). His recent credits include Bridgerton (Netflix), and Napoleon (Apple Films),

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