According to press materials, the play - set in the world of Championship football - "transforms the theatre into a football stadium with real turf, floodlights and constant media coverage, exposing the backstage dealings that manufacture our national heroes and addresses the very topical question of who is running our social and cultural institutions."
Steve Marmion, Soho Theatre’s artistic director who also directs the play, said in a press statement, "I'm thrilled to be working with the Royal Shakespeare Company to present Georgia Fitch’s incredibly relevant and exposing new play about the backstage world of our national sport. My biggest passions are football and theatre (I’m named after a Liverpool player). I hope this play will be a catalyst for conversation and debate on what is happening behind the scenes of British football and who owns our cultural institutions."
The RSC’s artistic director Michael Boyd added, "The RSC has been commissioning plays and making work with other companies ever since our inception. In London we have presented that work in a variety of theatres, most recently at Hampstead Theatre, the Tricycle and Soho Theatre. We are delighted to be working with Soho this autumn where past successes including work by David Greig, debbie tucker green and Anthony Neilson have found a home. This latest RSC commission - Fit and Proper People - is an urgent and timely play about values in the world of football. Through our collaboration with Soho Theatre we can strike now, while this particular iron is getting hotter all the time and give it a London production with a fantastic director, Steve Marmion - who has worked with us previously as a director at the RSC."
Fitch’s previous plays inclue The Footballer’s Wife and Come Dancing (both co-written with Tracy O’Flaherty), Dirty Dirty Princess (seen as part of National Theatre Connections) and I like Mine with a Kiss and Adrenalin...Heart (both seen at the Bush Theatre).
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7478 0100, or visit www.sohotheatre.com.