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Gods of the Game: a football opera

Five-a-side & Phil Porter

OCTOBER 2022

Booking dates

Please book online to avoid telephone queues.

You will be sent a priority booking link on the relevant date. If you have lost your link please email us.

Pioneers, Revels, Hippocrates: Tuesday 2 August
Plato and Archimedes: Tuesday 16 August
Public: Wednesday 14 September

Performances take place at the Theatre in the Woods, KT24 6AN

Performance dates

The performance on Sun 9 Oct is being filmed for SkyArts

Thursday 6 October 3:30pm
Saturday 8 October 3:30pm
Sunday 9 October 3:30pm
Wednesday 12 October 3:30pm
Thursday 13 October 3:30pm
Saturday 15 October 3:30pm
Sunday 16 October 3:30pm

A brand new opera

A brand new opera about corruption in football, commissioned by Sky Arts to coincide with the 2022 World Cup.

Two childhood friends, now footballing icons, join forces to front their nation’s bid to host a World Cup tournament. They encounter a nefarious world of bribery and corruption, overseen by the game’s charismatic and all-powerful president. Enlisting support from the gods of the game, they set out to restore football to its rightful owners – the players and the fans.

With the power and precision of a David Beckham free kick, The Gods of the Game is a glorious celebration and a bitter condemnation of the world’s most popular sport.

Produced by Factory Films with Grange Park Opera for Sky Arts.

An opera in two acts

Sung in English

Music: Five-a-side comprising of Julian Philips, Aran O’Grady, Ábel M.G.E, Blasio Kavuma & Lucy Armstrong

Writer & Librettist: Phil Porter

World première: 6 October 2022

Cast & Creatives

VIKO, Football legend ∙ MICHEL DE SOUSA
EVA, Footballer & Viko’s childhood friendMILLY FORREST
SOREN, Viko’s rival  ∙ DAVID WEBB
PRESIDENTALAN EWING
BIOGRAPHER ∙ IDUNNU MUNCH
COMMENTATOR∙ LEE MACK (6 Oct, 8 Oct, 9 Oct); tbc (12 Oct, 13 Oct, 15 Oct, 16 Oct)

DIRECTOR ∙ P J HARRIS  
CONDUCTOR ∙ GEORGE JACKSON 
DESIGNER ∙ JAMIE VARTAN
CHOREOGRAPHER ∙ LIZZIE GEE
LIGHTING DESIGN ∙ MARK HENDERSON
VIDEO DESIGN ∙ DUNCAN McLEAN
SOUND DESIGN ∙ TOM MARSHALL

Sky Arts
FACTORY FILMS

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