The Two Noble Kinsmen is a fun-filled boisterous romp that’s worth sticking with. It might not make much sense but there are some outstanding performances and flashes of Barrie Rutter’s famously fresh, unstuffy, unorthodox direction.
Barrie Rutter and the Globe are made for each other. Fresh out of his storming leadership with Northern Broadsides, he returns here under the new regime, this time as director of a pretty ridiculous Shakespeare collaboration with John Fletcher, loosely based on Chaucer.
Olivier Award winner for musical Kinky Boots, Matt Henry will make his Shakespeare’s Globe debut in Barrie Rutter’s The Two Noble Kinsmen, by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare, opening in The Globe on 25 May (press night is 30 May).
Filled with passion and politics, Barrie Rutter directs this new re-imagination of John Dryden’s Restoration drama at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse until 4 March. Here’s what critics have had to say about it…
In the final days of the great Rutter’s leadership of Northern Broadsides, he is directing and starring in Blake Morrison’s adaptation of Alain-René’s 18th-century satirical comedy Turcaret, and giving at least half the characters an extreme Yorkshire argot.
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.
Northern Broadsides today announced that their founder and artistic director Barrie Rutter OBE will step down in April 2018 after leading the company for twenty-five years. He has cited lack of suitable Arts Council funding as a reason for his departure.