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Barrie Rutter to play The Emperor in The Captive Queen

We are delighted to announce that Barrie Rutter will play the role of The Emperor in his forthcoming production of The Captive Queen, a Shakespeare’s Globe and Northern Broadsides co-production which plays in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2018.

In addition to his career as an actor at the National Theatre and the RSC, Barrie is best known as the founder of multi-award-winning touring company Northern Broadsides. Based in the historic Dean Clough in West Yorkshire, the company has built up a formidable reputation, with a repertoire combining Shakespeare, European and English Classic plays, as well as new writing. Productions are noted for their distinctive northern voice, strong musicality and clear narrative journey.

On stage, Barrie has played roles ranging from Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Prospero in The Tempest (Northern Broadsides) to Hobson in Hobson’s Choice (Sheffield Crucible) and Napoleon in Animal Farm (National Theatre). 

He is currently touring in the Northern Broadsides production of For Love or Money by Blake Morrison. In 2003, Barrie won the Sam Wanamaker Award, and in 2015, he received an OBE for services to the arts. The Captive Queen will mark his final production with Northern Broadsides, where he will step down as Artistic Director in April 2018.

A reimagining of John Dryden’s Restoration drama Aureng-zebe (1675), The Captive Queen is set in the woollen mills of the North of England in the late 20th century, but retains a flavour of Dryden’s original Mughal Indian setting. 

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