Michael Greco captains a star cast in the First World War football play, The Greater Game, at Waterloo East Theatre as part of Football Remembers in London.
Greco plays war hero and football manager Billy Holmes alongside Harry Potter’s James Phelps who is changing a wizard wand for a rifle at the Battle of the Somme.
The Greater Game tells the true story of some of the footballers who signed up to fight in the Great War, focusing on lifelong friends Richard McFadden (James Phelps) and William Jonas (Steven Bush).
The pair travelled from Newcastle to London to play football for Clapton Orient, before swapping England for France to ‘fight for King and Country’ – a fight neither one would survive.
More than a story of football or war, The Greater Game is a story of love, friendship, sacrifice, triumph and loss.
Michael Head’s play had an original try out at the Southwark Playhouse last year where it received five-star reviews. It has now been re-drafted and is set to come back with an even stronger side.
The cast also includes award winning actors Paul Marlon (Communion, Dangerous Mind Of A Hooligan, Essex Boys Retribution) and Scott Kyle (Outlander, Kilo Two Bravo, The Angels Share).
They are joined by Victoria Gibson, the actress daughter of Middlesborough chairman Steve Gibson, and Helena Doughty, daughter of former Notts Forest owner, the late Nigel Doughty, Jack Harding, Tom Stocks and Michael Head.
Said Michael Head: “To get the chance to tell this story, to touch so many, bring an audience to tears and fill the theatre with laughter, was a real pleasure and this time everything is set to be even stronger than our first run”.
All of these line up under the stewardship of multi award winning director Adam Morley who will present The Greater Game as part of Football Remembers, a pan-football initiative set up by the FA, Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and PFA which will support a range of projects commemorating the Armistice and conclusion of the First World War Centenary.
The Greater Game runs at Waterloo East Theatre from October 30 – November 25.