Preview: The Giant Killers, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: The Giant Killers, Theatre Royal Winchester

Football fans – in particular those who root for the underdog – and others may be interested in The Giant Killers, which comes to Theatre Royal Winchester on Wednesday 24 July.

It tells the inspiring true story of a ragtag bunch of Lancashire mill workers in the town of Darwen who defied the odds to become the first working class team in the country to play in the FA Cup.

Set in Lancashire in the 1870s, amidst poverty and social unrest – resulting from the recent cotton famine – the players are rejected by their upper-class rivals and fight for more than just their place in the cup, rising up against social prejudice, becoming a beacon of hope for millions – and while the true story took place 150 years, the social and political issues of the time resonate as strongly today and will speak to more than just football supporters. The Giant Killers is a show of spirit and passion that uplifts and enheartens.

The production is brought to the stage by Long Lane Theatre Company – formed in 2014 by husband and wife team, Andrew and Eve Pearson-Wright, who met while appearing in the West End production, The Mousetrap. The company exists to search out stories of underdogs and dreamers and creates theatre for new and non-traditional theatre audiences; as well as working with schools and colleges to inspire the actors of the future.

The Giant Killers will be at Theatre Royal Winchester on Wednesday 24 July at 7.30pm. Recommended age: 14+ (contains strong language). For more information or to book tickets, visit: or call 01962 840 440.

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