A NEW play about “the beautiful game” will be screened live in Musselburgh next week.

Dear England, by James Graham and directed by Rupert Goold, will be shown at Loretto School Theatre next Thursday (January 25).

National Theatre Live will bring the audience “a gripping examination of nation and game”. Joseph Fiennes, of The Handmaid’s Tale, plays England manager Gareth Southgate “as he fights to take team and country back to the promised land”.

It has been billed as “the beautiful game in a beautiful play” by WhatsOnStage.

Parts of The Brunton building remain closed following a roof survey, so the school’s theatre is one of several alternative venues for its shows, presented by the Brunton Theatre Trust.

Loretto will also host a Royal Opera House live screening of Rusalka, by Natalie Abrahami and Ann Yee, on Wednesday.

It tells the story of Rusalka, a water spirit who falls in love with a prince, sacrifices her voice and leaves home in the hope of finding true love.

An all-star cast includes Asmik Grigorian in the title role. The conductor is Semyon Bychkov.

Tickets can be bought online from thebrunton.co.uk, by calling 0131 653 5245 or at the box office counter at The Brunton.