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Rutherford and Sons

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Event Date: Thu 27 October 2022
Event Time: 19:30 hrs
Venue: Bingley Little Theatre
Running Time: TBC
Order Tickets: 06/08/2022 to 20/09/2022
Cost: £19.00


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 claims her place alongside Ibsen and Shaw with this searing depiction of class, gender, and generational warfare.


In 1885: John Rutherford, a northern capitalist, and the head of the family glassmaking business, wants to pass the 

business on to his oldest son, also named John. 

After spending time in London, where John Junior marries Mary, a working-class woman, 

he returns to the family home with his wife and new baby son. His return disturbs the 

balance of power: his homecoming is a catalyst that will have far reaching consequences 

for all the family. 

In the family home, Rutherford Senior rules with absolute authority and his will is 

imposed with a rod of iron. He tyrannises a household that includes his sister Ann, and 

his other children, Richard, a curate, and the unmarried Janet. 

The family business is ailing. Rutherford is having to placate the banks and an impatient 

board of directors. He is under pressure to ensure the survival of the company. 

Is there a way out? 

Has John Junior stumbled upon an ingenious solution that would transform the 

businesses finances? 

The ensuing power struggle between the tyrannical father, his children and his faithful 

factory manager, Martin, wreaks havoc. 

The world as Rutherford knows it is changing: the hierarchy is shifting and the 

relationship between a dominant Victorian father and his more liberal Edwardian children is being challenged. 

Each of the family siblings wants to free themselves from the suffocating prison that is their family home. But will 

their desire to explore their roles in society and assert their independence have devastating consequences for John 

Rutherford Senior…and the family business? 


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