A dark drama about the powerful grip that an industrialist holds over his factory and family.
Set in an industrial town in Northern England, the play follows cruel factory owner, John Rutherford and the influence that he exerts over his factory workers and his own family. The drama is based on writer Githa Sowerby's personal experience of living in a family run factory. Roger Allam (Les Misérables) stars in the title role.
Roger Allam is magnificent in Edwardian classic...It is a richly detailed performance and Justine Mitchell is equally excellent... If any Edwardian play has stood the test of time, this is unforgettably it.'
Before the interval the production's pace is dauntingly slow... But the long second half is absorbing and its closing moments are startlingly staged. What's more, the entire cast is superb...'