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Northern Broadsides present a new adaptation of Alain-Rene Lesage’s Turcaret, by Blake Morrison. For Love or Money is set in a small town in Yorkshire, where a beautiful widow is being wooed by two suitors. Fresh from the City and with endless money to dispose of, the older one showers her with gifts – which the younger (handsome, impecunious, an inveterate gambler) wants to put to better use.
But money’s a slippery commodity and all is not quite as it seems. Throw in a bailiff, a drunkard, a vamp, a second-hand clothes dealer and two upwardly mobile servants, and the complications multiply.
2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Northern Broadsides and For Love or Money will be the final touring production. to be directed by artistic director, Barrie Rutter, who will be stepping down from his role in April 2018.
Northern Broadsides officially began in 1992 when Rutter assembled some of the cast of Trackers and created the new company. The aesthetic, as Rutter explained, was “Northern voices, doing classical work in non-velvet spaces” and wherever they performed this radical new approach excited the critics.
For Love or Money’s cast will feature Sarah-Jane Potts (Sugar Rush, Kinky Boots), Jos Vantler (King Lear, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Matthew Booth (Richard III, When We Are Married), Sarah Parks (RSC’s Henry V), Kat Rose-Martin (The Mighty Atoms), Jim English (Richard III), Jacqueline Naylor (The Railway Children) and of course Barry Rutter (King Lear, Rutherford & Son) takes a role as well as directing.
Playwright Blake Morrison said:
“It’s 21 years now since my first collaboration with Barrie Rutter, The Cracked Pot – an adaptation of a Kleist play in which (as well as directing) he took the leading role. By my count there’ve been seven more collaborations since, with adaptations of plays written in German, Italian, Russian and Ancient Greek – plus one, in Geordie”.
For Love Or Money comes to Bury Theatre Royal from Wedensday 18th October to Saturday 21st October. For more information, visit: www.theatreroyal.org/