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Northern Broadsides and York Theatre Royal present When We Are Married at West Yorkshire Playhouse


Directed by Barrie Rutter
Designed by Jessica Worrall
Lighting by Tim Skelly


Quarry Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Tues 18 – Sat 22 October. Press night Tue 18 Oct, 7.30pm

The highly-acclaimed Northern Broadsides return to West Yorkshire Playhouse with an exciting new revival of J B Priestley’s classic WHEN WE ARE MARRIED from 18 to 22 Oct in the Quarry Theatre. Broadsides Artistic Director Barrie Rutter directs this much-loved classic northern comedy in a co-production with York Theatre Royal.

Set in in 1908 in the town of Cleckleywyke in the West Riding. The Helliwells, the Parkers and the Soppitts are highly respected pillars of their community … but not for much longer. Married on the same day in the same chapel, they gather to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. The celebrations are short lived when they discover the vicar wasn’t licensed and they are actually not married. In fact, they have been living in sin for 25 years.

First performed in 1938, J B Priestley’s heartily entertaining northern comedy plays right into the hands of Northern Broadsides – a company celebrated by audiences for its charisma, vitality and relish of language.

Rutter’s previous directing credits include Northern Broadsides recent productions of The Merry Wives, the award winning An August Bank Holiday Lark, We Are Three Sisters and Othello featuring Lenny Henry in the lead role.

Barrie Rutter says: “When We Are Married is the quintessential Yorkshire comedy with an absurd plot overflowing with authentic attitudes of the day; fun for the cast as well as the audience. Having wanted to stage this classic comedy for many years and also have the opportunity to once again co-produce with York Theatre Royal, I really can’t wait to get this wonderful new revival on the road.”

Rutter will be joined in the cast, amongst others, by Sue Devaney (Jane in Dinnerladies and Debbie Webster Coronation Street), Steve Huison (Lomper in the hit British film The Full Monty, Eddie Windass in Coronation Street and PC Ray Wilson in Emmerdale), Leeds born Kate Anthony (Pam Hobsworth in Coronation Street and Anything Goes, Sheffield Crucible Theatre) and Adrian Hood (Dinnerladies, the film Brassed Off and All Quiet on the Preston Front, BBC).


IMAGE: Luke Adamson as Gerald Forbes and Sophia Hatfield as Nancy Holmes--When We Are Married - credit Nobby Clark

Luke Adamson as Gerald Forbes and Sophia Hatfield as Nancy Holmes--When We Are Married - credit Nobb