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    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.

    Performance dates: 30 Jul 2019 - 31 Jul 2019

    Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes (incl. interval)

    Age recommendation: Recommended 3+

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

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    Latest Audience Reviews

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

    rikkiONshow Top 10 reviewer28 Jul 2019

    Very much a slow burner of a play that is expertly directed and acted and has some really powerful scenes. It's beautifully staged and this definitely peaks in the last 5 minutes of the play when one of the most visually stunning moments of set change happens which will take your breath away. Well worth seeing.

    rikkiONshow Top 10 reviewer28 Jul 2019

    Generally good acting from all the cast; clever set design allowing 'rain' to fall 'outside' the house,... More

    alisonb 17 Jun 2019

    Generally good acting from all the cast; clever set design allowing 'rain' to fall 'outside' the house, evoking a real sense of a dank, dark home in wintry Yorkshire moors; lovely music. Play just a bit gloomy in subject, though very much of its time (almost Ibsen-like), and when speaking quickly, some actors' dialect was occasionally hard to grasp.

    alisonb 17 Jun 2019

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

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer07 Aug 2019

    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 Roger Allam but I found the subject matter to be quite boring! Such a shame as the talent on stage was great!

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer07 Aug 2019

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

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer07 Aug 2019

    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 Roger Allam but I found the subject matter to be quite boring! Such a shame as the talent on stage was great!

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer07 Aug 2019
    zoem3 28 Jul 2019
    samshonk Top 50 reviewer22 Sep 2019
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