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Barrie Rutter

Kirsty Young interviews actor and theatre director Barrie Rutter.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the actor and theatre director Barrie Rutter.

He is the founder and artistic director of the touring theatre company Northern Broadsides.

There was nothing in his background to suggest he'd spend his life on stage. He was brought up by his father, who worked nights unloading fish in Hull. There were no books in his childhood home and he discovered his passion for theatre whilst at secondary school with the help of his English teacher who spotted his talent for performing. His first role was as the Mayor in Gogol's, 'The Government Inspector'.

He was a member of the National Youth Theatre where he appeared with Helen Mirren and went on to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. After a career in the National Theatre and the RSC, in 1992 he founded Northern Broadsides which stages Shakespeare plays, other classical works and new writing with the aim of presenting "Northern voices, doing classical work in non-velvet spaces".

Producer: Sarah Taylor.

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34 minutes

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Sun 19 Jun 2016 11:15

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      Proud Mary

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    • Rock of Ages.
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    Selected Poems by Tony Harrison


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Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Barrie Rutter
Producer Sarah Taylor


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