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Rutherford and Son - St James Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS SUMMER, Jonathan Miller’s critically acclaimed revival of Githa Sowerby’s 1912 play, Rutherford and Son, will receive its London premiere at the new St James Theatre, where it runs for a limited season from June 4 to June 29, 2013.

A Northern Broadsides Production, Rutherford and Son opened at the company’s Halifax home, the Viaduct Theatre, in February, and is currently on tour.

Set in 1912 and relocated to industrial Yorkshire, Rutherford and Son tells the story of iron-fisted John Rutherford as he battles the scheming rebellion of his eldest son and his daughter’s scandalous love-affair, while fighting to prevent the legacy of the family glassworks from shattering.

Tackling timeless issues of family dynamics both at home and in business, this remarkable drama is as relevant today as when it was first performed.

Northern Broadsides’ artistic director Barrie Rutter leads the cast as John Rutherford.

He is joined by Nicholas Shaw (A Provincial Life, National Theatre of Wales) as John Rutherford Jr; Sara Poyzer (Mamma Mia, West End) as Janet; Kate Anthony (Coronation Street‘s Pam Hobsworth) as Ann; Catherine Kinsella (We Are Three Sisters, Northern Broadsides) as Mary; Richard Standing (Swallows and Amazons, Bristol Old Vic) as Martin; and Andrew Grose as Richard Rutherford.

Further casting will be announced shortly.

Since launching his early career with Beyond the Fringe, alongside Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller has become one of the world’s leading opera and theatre directors, with numerous credits at English National Opera and Glyndebourne as well as internationally. His theatre productions include The Merchant of Venice with Sir Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright, The Taming of the Shrew (RSC), The Seagull (Chichester Festival Theatre) and King Lear with Christopher Plummer (the Lincoln Center, New York).

The Thrill of Love, a story about Ruth Ellis, continues at St James Theatre until May 4, 2013.