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The story of Brian Clough’s infamous stint at Leeds United is told on stage in Barnsley

Play at Shaw Lane tells the story of Football Manager, Brian Clough

“a masterpiece of theatre” Liverpool Sound and Vision

After a well-received production, Life & Soul last month, Red Ladder return with the story of the famous Leeds United football manager Brian Clough. This is The Damned United.

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 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.

Adapted from David Peace’s brilliant and ingenious novel, The Damned United tells the story of Clough 44 day stint at Leeds United and 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.

“Yes, this a play about football, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a tribute to an era-defining genius, a portrait of a man terminally wrapped-up in his own bravado, a study of loyalty and friendship under pressure…” The Stage

The Damned United is a special Civic on Tour and Red Ladder Theatre Company partnership. bringing high quality theatre to local communities. The play will take place at Shaw Lane Sports Club, with the ticket price including a free drink making this a great night out for sport and theatre fans alike.

The Damned United is on Thursday 30 November at 8:00pm at Shaw Lane Sports Club, Shaw Lane, Barnsley S70 6HZ

Tickets are £7 and include a free drink.

Recommended for ages 14+

For more information and to book visit or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.