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

Rutherford and Son tickets from £35.00

Tickets from £35.00


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: TBC

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes (incl. interval)
Opened: 16 May 2019
Booking from: 25 Jun 2019
Booking until: 31 Jul 2019

Next available performances

Tuesday 25 Jun 2019--7:30pm
Wednesday 26 Jun 20192:15pm7:30pm
Thursday 27 Jun 2019--7:30pm
Friday 28 Jun 2019--7:30pm
Saturday 29 Jun 20192:15pm7:30pm
Monday 01 Jul 2019--7:30pm
Tuesday 02 Jul 20192:15pm--

Location and map

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

3 Reviews Add review

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", 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

kwarnock7 5'4, 175 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Dull. Accents were all over the place too.

katsonstage 5'8", 144 reviews, 6 helpful votes