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  • Old Red Lion Theatre 418 Saint John Street London, EC1V 4NJ United Kingdom (map)

JUN 14 - JUN 25

Tuesday – Saturday, 7:30pm (Saturday & Sunday matinees, 4.30pm), 60 mins



After a hugely successful run at Theatre N16, artistic director Jamie Eastlake’s production of Luke Barnes’ football play Bottleneck comes to the Old Red Lion for a short engagement at the beginning of the UEFA Euro 2016.

Greg is 14 and loves Liverpool. In fact, if it wasn't for Tom, his Dad and Sarah Jane’s f*nny, he'd probably only ever be playing footy. He's also got a story to tell. And it's worth listening to...

Theatre N16’s run of Luke Barnes’ Bottleneck was the opening piece after the theatre moved from its original home in Stoke Newington to Balham in 2015, where is has gone from strength to strength to establish itself as one of London’s premiere fringe venues, all under the leadership of Jamie Eastlake. Eastlake also directed recent hit production Your Ever Loving (which told the story of falsely accused Guildford 4 bomber Paul Hill), which transferred to the Alphabetti Theatre in his native Newcastle. Will Mytum (Ducks (Theatre 503), Good King Richard (White Bear Theatre & Drayton Arms Theatre), Titus Andronicus (New Wimbledon Studio)) has starred in this production of Bottleneck since its first iteration.

Luke Barnes is a Northern-born, award-winning writer. He studied at the National Youth Theatre and the Oxford School of Drama, and was the Leverhulme Playwright on attachment to Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres. His first play Chapel Street ran at the Old Red Lion in Liverpool and in Edinburg,h where it won the Old Vic New Voices award. In 2012 he was shortlisted for an OffWestEnd Theatre Award for Most Promising Playwright. He has worked with National Youth Theatre, Hightide Festival and the Nuffield among others. He has also performed on the HBO TV series Game of Thrones.



***** “Stunned” (London Theatre 1)

“An outstanding play by young writer Luke Barnes” (The Daily Telegraph)

***** "Brilliant” (London Pub Theatres)


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Gertrude - The Cry
Later Event: June 21
The Doctor in Spite of Himself