Husbands & Sons
Husbands & Sons interweaves three of D H Lawrence’s greatest dramas, and plays them simultaneously. Describing the world he came from with fierce tenderness, Lawrence evokes a now-vanished world of manual labour and working class pride.
It’s risky work, handlin’ men, my lass. For when a woman builds ’er life on men, either ’usbands or sons, she builds on summat as sooner or later brings the ’ouse down crash on ’er head – yi, she does.
On the cracked border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire stands the village of Eastwood.
The women of the village, wives and mothers, struggle to hold their families and their own souls together in the shadow of the great Brinsley pit.
Anne-Marie Duff returns to the National to play Lizzie Holroyd.
The Dorfman is a flexible theatre on three levels. Husbands & Sons will be staged in the round, with the audience seated on all four sides of the stage.
Seats in The Pit - please read Everyone seated in the Pit will swap seats to the opposite side of the stage during the interval. Your ticket will show the number and location of your seat for Act 1 and Act 2, and staff will be on hand to direct you. All audience members seated in the Pit will need to check coats and bags into the free cloakroom before the performance begins. If you do not want to swap seats you should book seats in the Circle or Gallery.
Photography (Anne-Marie Duff) by Dean Chalkley