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Jonathan Miller directs Sowerby's Rutherford & Son for Broadsides

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Jonathan Miller is returning to the British stage for the first time in five years to direct Githa Sowerby's 1912 play Rutherford and Son for Halifax-based touring company Northern Broadsides.

The production, which reuintes Miller with Broadsides' artistic director Barrie Rutter, will open at the Viaduct Theatre in Halifax on 8 February 2013 ahead of a UK tour.

Set in early 1890s industrial Yorkshire, Rutherford and Son tells the story of iron-fisted John Rutherford as he battles the scheming rebellion of his younger son and his daughter’s scandalous love-affair, while fighting to prevent the legacy of the family glassworks from shattering.

Rutter, who last collaborated with Miller on a Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Taming of the Shrew in 1987, said: “Jonathan’s delight in the play and our home venue at Dean Clough, a former mill, is very fitting for the robust domestic and industrial battle that is at the heart of Rutherford and Son. He will be the company’s first guest director – a welcome and exhilarating influence.”

Miller, whose most recent directing credits include The Cherry Orchard (Sheffield Crucible) and Hamlet (Tobacco Factory, Bristol), said he was "absolutely thrilled" about his latest project, adding: "Earlier this year Barrie invited me up to Halifax to visit Northern Broadsides’ home at the Viaduct Theatre in Halifax and I was totally overcome with the venue’s wonderful intimate performance space which is such an exciting challenge and delight for both a director and actor.”

The production will be designed by Isabella Bywater. Casting and touring dates are still to be announced.

Prior to Rutherford and Son, Northern Broadsides, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, will stage Deborah McAndrew’s new adaptation of A Government Inspector, which relocates the play to a small town in Yorkshire and promises a "uniquely Broadsides blend of muck and brass".


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