By Githa Sowerby
Edited for Northern Broadsides by Blake Morrison
Directed by Sir Jonathan Miller and designed by Isabella Bywater
Rutherford & Son stars the company’s Artistic Director Barrie Rutter in the lead role of John Rutherford.
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Times
★★★★ Daily Telegraph
Rutherford & Son is again a must-see, worth-debating event. –
The Daily Telegraph (Dominic Cavendish)
Miller’s production is beautifully attentive to the play’s richness of ideas and complexity of moods –
Daily Telegraph (Dominic Cavendish)
Barrie Rutter was born to play the role of Rutherford –
The Guardian (Alfred Hickling)
A superb production – whatsonstage (Michael Coveney)
“One of the nation’s most acclaimed and fiercely intelligent directors.” BBC NEWS
“One of the top one hundred plays of the century.” National Theatre poll
The production is designed by Isabella Bywater, who has worked regulary with Sir Jonathan, as well as productions for Nicholas Hytner, Deborah Warner and Lucy Bailey. Lighting will be designed by Guy Hoare (Othello, Northern Broadsides)
Set in early 1912, Rutherford & Son tells the story of iron-fisted John Rutherford as he battles the scheming rebellion of his younger son and his daughter’s scandalous love-affair, while fighting to prevent the legacy of the family glassworks from shattering. Tackling timeless issues of family dynamics both at home and in business, this remarkable drama is as relevant today as it was when it was first performed.
Rutherford & Son will open at the Viaduct Theatre, Halifax from 8-16 February and will then visit Dukes, Lancaster, Oxford Playhouse; Hull Truck Theatre; New Vic Theatre, Stoke; Rose Theatre, Kingston; Watford Palace Theatre; West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds; Theatre Royal, Winchester; Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough; The Lowry, Salford Quays; and Liverpool Playhouse and York Theatre Royal. Press night will be on Wednesday 13 February at the Viaduct Theatre, Halifax.