Rutherford and Son at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets
Rutherford and Son at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets

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About the show

Githa’s Sowerby’s quiet classic Rutherford and Son returns to London in a new National Theatre production, playing at the Lyttelton Theatre until early August.

In a Northern industrial town, John Rutherford rules his factory and his family with a patriarchal command. As his business ticks on, however, he begins to alienate his children, banishing his daughter and turning his back on his sons, despite one having made a discovery that could save his business. Left only with his daughter-in-law, he is faced with a bargain that could shift the balance of power in his life forever.

Githa Sowerby’s play is astonishing for more than just its accomplished writing, but because it lay unperformed for so many years – between its premiere in 1912 (when female voices were rarely heard on British stages) and its revival by feminist groups in the 1980s, it remained virtually untouched. The work is now, however, back in full force, with a production having also played at the Sheffield Crucible earlier this year.

Roger Allam (Les Misérables, The Thick of It) returns to the National for the first time in ten years to play the title role in this new production, which is directed by Polly Findlay (Beginning).

A piercing look at power, family and capitalism, Rutherford and Son is currently playing at the Lyttelton Theatre.

Recommended for

Anyone interested in discovering a feminist theatrical gem or a searing depiction of family should be sure to grab tickets for Rutherford and Son.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 3+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes (incl. interval)
Opened: 16 May 2019
Booking from: 30 Jul 2019
Booking until: 31 Jul 2019

Location and map

National Theatre - Lyttelton
National Theatre, Southbank
London, SE1 9PX

15 Reviews Add review

Very much a slow burner of a play that is expertly directed and acted and has some really powerful scenes. It's beautifully staged... More

rikkiONshow 178cm, 254 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Generally good acting from all the cast; clever set design allowing 'rain' to fall 'outside' the house, evoking a real sense of a dank,... More

alisonb 5'8", 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This wasn't a good production in my opinion. It dragged on and on and I was wiling it to end! The acting was good particularly from... More

joc78 5"4, 380 reviews, 4 helpful votes

This wasn't a good production in my opinion. It dragged on and on and I was wiling it to end! The acting was good particularly from... More

joc78 5"4, 380 reviews, 4 helpful votes

zoem3 5'8, 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

elliotcross 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes

martyngrogan 5'10", 122 reviews, 1 helpful vote

kwarnock7 5'4, 179 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Theatretrek54 5'8, 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes