Roger Allam fans will be getting themselves all hot and flustered as he's back at The Nash from 16th May in 'Rutherford and Son'. I'm guessing he's playing the lead singer. The one married to Carey Mulligan.
I just saw the Crucible version tonight, and it's terribly worthy and long. And bleak. And long. It got good when the various women got angry and shouted at Owen Teale, but it needed drastic cutting imo. I had been tempted to try and see the National version because omg Roger Allam, but that was not a play I need to see again, I feel.
If your sat in Row A of the stalls be warned that the stage set will move forward off the main stage. This will be relevant if you have tickets for the right hand side seating (numbers 1-20). As the set itself is on a platform, I did notice that if you are around 5ft 7 so smaller you will be at eyeline with the platform. Interestingly seats A20 and higher where unoccupied so whether this was due to people not turning up or the box office relocating people is anybody’s guess. I was sat in D21 stalls and had no issues sighline wise.
Get to your seat when the doors open for a bit of nice preshow entertainment.
Overall as things on it’s a very nice evening out at the theatre watching this. It’s all done traditionally with no gimmicks or a modern take on the story. If you enjoyed the Oscar Wilde season, this this will be right up your street.
At 3hrs long it’s done as 3 Acts with 2 x 10 min intervals. It really didn’t feel that long and pace wise I thought it zipped along quite nicely and was engaged the full time ( even with 2 mobile phones ringing during the performance 😡).
Acting wise Roger Allam really is very good as the father John Rutherford ( and has a rather fetching beard) and gives the character enough bite and steel to make you believe he really is a horrible man who cannot see the damage he causes to his children to drive them away from the family home. As the two adult children Sam Troughton Jr and Justine MItchell really do shine in this production as they do battle with Rutherford Snr to assert their independence and create lives for themselves without the controlling influence of their father. Sadly, Harry Hepple as the other son really doesn’t get that much stage time but does a good job when needed.
As a 1st preview only one fluffed line by Roger Allam, but overall an excellent start to this production. 4*