‘Miracle of Istanbul’ drama’s action makes up for words

‘Miracle of Istanbul’ drama’s action makes up for words

Theatre: One Night in Istanbul. By Nicky Allt. Gaiety Theatre. Run concluded. Rating ***. Reviewed by Andrew Lynch.

The 2005 Champions League final was the sort of epic drama that most playwrights would struggle to invent. An unfancied Liverpool team found themselves 3-0 down to AC Milan at half-time, equalised in the space of six heady minutes and ended up winning on penalties. Since then the ‘Miracle of Istanbul’ has become a hook for Nicky Allt’s enjoyably knockabout stage show, which also flirts with disaster, but just about manages to deliver the goods.

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