Play about former world championship boxer Glenn McCrory to be staged at Georgian

Glenn McCrory.

Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal is to host a new play about the life of one of the region’s greatest sporting heroes.

Glenn McCrory became cruiserweight champion of the world at a fight held at the Louisa Centre in Stanley on 3 June 1989 – a title that made him the first-ever world champion boxer from the North East.

It was a contest that made boxing history but behind the famous victory was a tremendous human-interest story that involved the plight of two brothers – one fighting for boxing glory, the other fighting for his life.

Carrying David – to be performed at The Georgian Theatre Royal on Sunday 9 June at 7.30pm as part of a regional tour commemorating the 30th anniversary of the title fight – tells this story and entwines Glenn’s remarkable journey with that of his terminally ill brother David.

Due to David’s muscle-wasting Illness, Glenn often carried his adopted sibling on his back when they were young boys and sought advice from David in some very dark days prior to becoming world champion. Both were a great source of inspiration to the other.

Written by top regional playwright Ed Waugh, the play has a special significance for the Richmond area as Glenn trained at nearby Catterick Garrison for his title fights and still teaches boxing there.

“This emotionally charged comedy drama reflects the highs and the many lows of Glenn’s unrelenting drive to become world champion and is guaranteed to make people laugh and cry,” said Ed Waugh. “We are delighted to add The Georgian Theatre to our regional tour. It is not only a beautiful venue but its close proximity to Glenn’s training ground at Catterick gives it a special local interest.”

The one-man show stars leading North East actor Micky Cochrane who starred in the hit play The Great Joe Wilson, also written by Ed Waugh. The director is Russell Floyd who directed Ed’s previous hits Hadaway Harry and The Great Joe Wilson. Russell, who is best known for his television roles in TV’s Eastenders and The Bill, is currently starring in The Mousetrap in London’s West End.

The production is supported by Arts Council England.

Tickets for Carrying David cost £16 and are available from the Box Office (01748) 825252 or via the online booking service at