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Football play wins over fans.

Byline: STEVE HENDRY

THE THREE LIONS PLEASANCE BEYOND UNTIL 26.08 (EXCEPT 20)

A play about England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup may not seem an obvious festival hit for an Edinburgh crowd but Three Lions is a winner.

Actor and playwright William Gaminara – Professor Leo Dalton in Silent Witness – has fashioned a social comedy that hits the back of the net time after time, from the gathering of the three incongruous ambassadors, David Beckham, David Cameron and Prince William, in a hotel room in Zurich as they try to win Fifa's vote to put on football's greatest tournament.

The send–up of the three public figures is endearing, well certainly as far as Beckham (Sean Browne) and Prince William (Tom Davey) are concerned, and the portrayal of all is fantastic, with Dugald Bruce–Lockhart's David Cameron outstanding.

Three Lions works whether you are a football fan or not and, while it has the legs to run and run, there's nothing quite like grabbing a seat on the terraces from the very beginning.

STEVE HENDRY

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 18, 2013
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