Revival of Githa Sowerby’s 1912 classic of industrial patriarchy Rutherford and Son is worthy but rather cumbersome and inaccessible.
Githa Sowerby used her own upbringing as the daughter of a Tyneside glass-making family for her breakthrough play, Rutherford and Son, but whether her father was as cold, insensitive and bullying as patriarch John Rutherford is open to speculation.
Psychology, social rage, human sadness and betrayal move in an elegant circle in Rutherford & Son at the National Theatre and Findlay’s direction doesn’t miss a beat of it.
Following critically acclaimed sold-out runs in the West End, on Broadway, and its first national tour to eight UK cities, the Royal Court Theatre’s production of Nick Payne’s award-winning Constellations will transfer to Trafalgar Studios for three weeks only. Michael Longhurst (Carmen Disruption, A Number) directs Joe Armstrong (Happy Valley) and Louise Brealey (Sherlock) as Roland and Marianne in this hugely popular play from one of the leading voices in UK Theatre.
Constellations, written by Nick Payne, follows the relationship between a man and a woman from the first time that they meet each other at a barbeque. The play is built on the quantum multiverse theory and goes on to visit Marianne and Roland at six different points in their relationship – exploring how certain situations, conversations and decisions can change the course of their lives together.