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Rutherford and Son – National Theatre, London

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Polly Findlay   Reviewer:  Richard Maguire After being instrumental in the rediscovery of Githa Sowerby in 1994, The National Theatre included her 1912 play Rutherford and Son on its list of the most influential plays of the 20thCentury. These credentials are at first hard to see in this new production directed by Polly Findlay, but a slow ...

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The Stepmother – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: David Jobson Playwright Githa Sowerby was seen as a woman ahead of her time, writing searing plays and novels attacking patriarchal society. It is clear from Richard Eyre’s production of The Stepmother, a play that has languished until recently, how prevalent her feminist ideals were when she wrote this play in 1924, even if the ...

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Rutherford and Son – St James Theatre, London

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:4] Less than a year after first opening its doors, the St James has already established itself as a regular destination for discerning theatre-goers. Its policy of providing a Central London stage for the cream of productions from regional and fringe theatres is yielding rich dividends. There will be few better ...

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Rutherford and Son – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Author: Githa Sowerby Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:3]   It is a long way from Guildford, even on a wet and very windy night, to the industrial N.E. of England at the turn of the 20th Century. But Isabella Bywater’s set, visible in its sombre gloom to the audience entering the auditorium for this Northern Broadsides production, certainly ...

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Rutherford and Son – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Helen Jones [rating:4] Northern Broadsides pride themselves on doing classic plays in a northern voice and this current production of Rutherford and Son simply adds further to their successful twenty year history of great theatre. When it was first performed in 1912, Rutherford and Son took London by storm, creating a social storm ...

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Rutherford And Son – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Sir Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Sue Collier [Rating: 5] “Your father is a control freak. The family business is a millstone round your neck. Home feels like a prison. And yet you have dreams …” This powerful drama presents the tensions between capitalism and labour and examines in particular, the place and importance of women in Edwardian ...

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Rutherford and Son – Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:4] It’s stark, it’s bleak, it’s cruel and it’s worth going a very long way to see. Barrie Rutter’s Northern Broadsides have made their reputation with straightforward, no nonsense, speak-as-you-find productions. Recently they have coaxed some big names to work with them, notably Lenny Henry to play Othello a couple of ...

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Rutherford & Son – Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:3.5] Just over a hundred years after it was written and first performed, Northern Broadsides’ production of Rutherford &Son successfully transports the piece from Githa Sowerby’s native Gateshead to the Yorkshire moors. Aided by the strong cast and impressive set, the grim and gritty quality of the play feels incredibly current ...

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