Shock as Rutter steps down
Northern Broadsides founder cites ACE funding blow for decision
Northern Broadsides founder and artistic director Barrie Rutter is stepping down in April 2018 after twenty-five years in charge.
The shock move follows Rutter’s disappointment at the decision of Arts Council England not to increase funding for the pioneering theatre company based in Halifax.
Rutter said: "Having failed to lead the team in securing a long overdue increase in Arts Council funding, I have decided that after 25 wonderful years it is the right time for me to stand down. I leave the Supporters of Northern Broadsides in the hands of a robust and creative staff.”
Rutter, who is now in his early 70s, founded Northern Broadsides in 1992 and it has become one of the UK’s leading touring theatre companies. Recent successes include Lenny Henry’s Othello and Mat Fraser in Richard III as part of Hull 2017, as well as the acclaimed productions of The Wars of the Roses, Rutherford & Son (directed by Jonathan Miller) and the award-winning An August Bank Holiday Lark. In 2015 Rutter was awarded the OBE for Services to Drama.
Rutter’s final productions for Northern Broadsides will be the forthcoming world premiere of For Love or Money, Blake Morrison’s new adaptation of Alain Rene Lesage’s French comedy Turcaret which will open at the Viaduct Theatre in Halifax in September and then tour until December 2017. In January 2018, he will direct the Shakespeare’s Globe and Northern Broadsides co-production of The Captive Queen at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.