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Rutherford and Son

by Githa Sowerby

Now playing - more tickets released
Running Time: Approx 3 hrs, inc. two short intervals

Rutherford and Son

A piercing look at power and family.

Roger Allam (Les MisérablesThe Thick of It) returns to the National for the first time in a decade to play Rutherford in this new production directed by Polly Findlay (Beginning).

In a Northern industrial town, John Rutherford rules both factory and family with an iron will. But even as the furnaces burn relentlessly at the Glassworks, at home his children begin to turn against him.

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


Rutherford and Son | About the play

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Rutherford and Son | Teaser trailer

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Rutherford and Son ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
*£84, £64, £55, £45, £32, £15
Friday & Saturday eves
*£88, £68, £59, £49, £34, £18
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Previews 16 - 22 May

*£67, £47 - £15

Access Performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
More performances of Rutherford and Son will be announced in spring, which will include Audio-described performances

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Fri 14 June, 7.30pm
Mon 17 June, 7.30pm
Tue 18 June, 2.15pm


*Some of the best seats in the house are premium priced. They help to ensure we can continue to offer low price seats for all our productions; the National Theatre is a charity and only 17% government-funded. This year nearly 30% of our tickets are available for £20 or less.

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Production team




Sarah Dacey




Roshi Nasehi




Osnat Schmool






Photography (Roger Allam) by David Stewart

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