Barrie Rutter will play the role of The Emperor in his forthcoming production of The Captive Queen, a Shakespeare’s Globe and Northern Broadsides co-production, which runs in the Globe’s indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 2 February to 4 March 2018, with a press night on 7 February.
A reimagining of John Dryden’s Restoration drama Aureng-zebe (1675), The Captive Queen is set in the woollen mills of the North of England in the late 20th century, but retains a flavour of Dryden’s original Mughal Indian setting. An ageing Emperor and his Governor rage at the loss of their youth and beauty, whilst two fratricidal sons are spurred from victory in war to the warfare of love. All four are besotted with the same captive queen in this wry exploration of the folly of old age, the allure of power, and the bewildering effects of lust and desire.
The Captive Queen is also directed by Barrie Rutter, designed by Jessica Worrall and composed by Niraj Chag.
Northern Broadsides is a unique theatre company with a true northern voice. Its work is characterised by a high degree of theatrical inventiveness and robust performances from a large ensemble cast of multi-talented and charismatic northern actors who all perform in their natural voices. For the past 25 years, it has delighted audiences here and abroad with a growing classic repertoire that has won the company many awards and a loyal following worldwide.
In addition to his career as an actor in the National Theatre and the RSC, Barrie Rutter is best known as the founder of multi-award-winning touring company Northern Broadsides. Based in the historic Dean Clough in West Yorkshire, the company has built up a formidable reputation, with a repertoire combining Shakespeare, European and English Classic plays, as well as new writing. Productions are noted for their distinctive northern voice, strong musicality and clear narrative journey.
On stage, Barrie has played roles ranging from Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Prospero in The Tempest (Northern Broadsides) to Hobson in Hobson’s Choice(Sheffield Crucible) and Napoleon in Animal Farm (National Theatre). He is currently touring in the Northern Broadsides production of For Love or Money by Blake Morrison. Barrie’s television credits include Porridge, The Liver Birds (BBC) and Fat Friends(ITV). In 2003, Barrie won the Sam Wanamaker Award, and in 2015, he received an OBE for services to the arts. The Captive Queen will mark his final production with Northern Broadsides, where he will step down as Artistic Director in April 2018.