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They are best known for their performance on the football pitch, but now some of Southampton's most famous former players are taking to the stage to star in a new play. Matt Le Tissier and Francis Benali will be appearing in the premiere of 'The Saints' - an open-air play about the highs and lows of being a fan of the club.
A pop-up theatre has been built in Guildhall Square especially for the show, which will run for two weeks. Sarah Cooper's been backstage to meet one of the unlikely stars.
A production surrounding the highs and lows of being a Saints fan will be unveiled in a specially built theatre in the city centre this month.
'The Saints' will include acting debuts from the ex-Saints players in pre-recorded film segments.
It will premiere at Nuffield Playing Field, a specially built pop-up theatre which combines outdoor stadium with Jacobean theatre
As part of the play, two of Southampton FC's most famous ex-players will have cameo roles in the new production.
Matt Le Tissier and Francis Benali are fondly remembered by fans and played from the mid-1980s until the early 2000s.
The production explores the unequivocally theatrical experience of attending a football match, from the sense of spectacle and occasion to the intimacy and power of crowd behaviour and the sense of belonging and community this creates.
Nuffield is running a crowdfunding campaign alongside The Saints, called ‘Be a Saint’ - where audience members can donate amounts from £5 to £500 and will receive rewards including having a drink with Matt Le Tissier and Francis Benali as well as football and theatre memorabilia.