Robert Gorelangton

Unacceptable faces

<em>Robert Gore-Langton</em> on the revival of a play that upset critics when they realised it was written by a woman

A play called Rutherford & Son gripped audiences in London 101 years ago. Set on Tyneside, it was the David Hare-style leftie hit of its season. It depicted the unacceptable face of capitalism, a face that belonged to John Rutherford, who rules the family glassworks by fear, hated by his workers and his children alike.

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