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Rutherford & Son

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22 Oct 2014 - 25 Oct 2014

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Adel Memorial Hall

Church Lane, Adel, Leeds, LS16 8DE

It is Yorkshire in 1885. Where two generations ago heather bloomed on the fell, there now stand the 17 soot-covered cones of a huge glassworks, its furnaces belching fumes and smoke over the homes of the workers in the valley below.

But profits have melted away through foreign competition; debts to the bank have built up; and John Rutherford's children do not want their lives sacrificed to the firm of Rutherford & Son the way their father's and grandfather's lives have been.

In their adjoining grand house, the tensions build. Who will survive when battle commences? The family? Or the company?

Hailed when first performed in 1912 as a drama rivalling the plays of Ibsen, 'Rutherford & Son' by Githa Sowerby is based partly on the history of the glassworks that belonged to her grandfather.

This production is directed by Pat Riley who, with Arts Council funding in 2009, wrote 'Looking for Githa' - the first and still the only biography of the playwright of 'Rutherford & Son'.

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During this period of social distancing and lockdown due to Coronavirus we advise that you check directly with the organiser of this event that it is going ahead as publicised.

All tickets cost £8. Please book in advance, and then pay and collect when you arrive at Adel Memorial Hall on the night of the performance.
  • Wheelchair access
* Venue easy to find by car or public transport, just off the A660 in north Leeds (Otley Road) * Free parking in large car park next to Adel Memorial Hall * Disabled access via ramp, and facilities * Friendly Front of House and Box Office staff to assist you on arrival * Printed programmes for all plays * Fully licensed lounge bar * Allocated cushioned seating in auditorium * Excellent acoustics and lighting following 2013 Upgrade Project * Induction Loop for the hard of hearing
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