Photography (Roger Allam) by David Stewart
Githa Sowerby's astonishing play was inspired by her own experience of growing up in a family-run factory in Gateshead.
Writing in 1912, when female voices were seldom heard on British stages, she now claims her place alongside Ibsen and Bernard Shaw with this searing depiction of class, gender and generational warfare.
A piercing look at power and family.
Roger Allam (Les Misérables, The Thick of It) returns to the National for the first time in a decade to play Rutherford in this new production directed by Polly Findlay (Beginning).
In a Northern industrial town, John Rutherford rules both factory and family with an iron will.
But even as the furnaces burn relentlessly at the Glassworks, at home his children begin to turn against him.
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Performance days & times
Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
£64, £55, £45, £32, £15
Friday & Saturday eves
£68, £59, £49, £34, £18
Audio‑described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
More performances of Rutherford and Son will be announced in spring, which will include Audio‑described performances
Captioned performances, for deaf or hard‑of‑hearing people:
Fri 14 June, 7.30pm
Mon 17 June, 7.30pm
Tue 18 June, 2.15pm
Author: Githa Sowerby
Composer: Kerry Andrew
Director: Polly Findlay
Designer: Lizzie Clachan
Lighting: Charles Balfour
Sound: Paul Arditti
Movement: Polly Bennett