Northern Broadsides


Northern Broadsides have built a solid reputation for delivering classic plays and new writing in a distinctive northern voice.

Formed in 1992 by Barrie Rutter, the multi-award winning touring company is immensely proud of its West Yorkshire roots. Wherever they play, nationally or internationally, their theatre is often fun, with a sense of musicality and it's always accessible.

Gemma Bodinetz, our Artistic Director, says: "This company has been delighting Everyman & Playhouse audiences since 2003. ‘Nuff said."

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Archive //


"Northern Broadsides strike comedy gold"
The Guardian on For Love or Money

"A crowd-pleasing production"
The Stage on For Love or Money

“Northern Broadsides sniff out a winner”
The Guardian on Cyrano

“Delightful and passionate”
The Stage on Cyrano

“Lively and inventive”
What’ on The Merry Wives

“A bawdy evening of spectacle and farce”
The Reviews Hub on The Merry Wives​​​​​​​

“A whole new way of looking at Shakespeare’s tragedy”
The Observer on King Lear

“Another triumphant tour de force for Northern Broadsides”
The Stage on King Lear

"A wonderful new play"
The Times on An August Bank Holiday Lark

“Poignant, warm hearted drama…..hankies at the ready”
Daily Telegraph on An August Bank Holiday Lark

“A great fun night out”
State of the Arts on When We Are Married

“Wonderfully uplifting, mischievous and boisterous”
Yorkshire Times on When We Are Married

“A joy to watch”
Yorkshire Post on The Winter’s Tale

“It’s worth noting too the musicianship on offer here, proving the multi-faceted aspect of Northern Broadside’s talented ensemble”
What’ on The Winter’s Tale

“It’s a magnificent ensemble cast”  
The Stage on She Stoops to Conquer

“Over the top but its preposterous humour is delightful”
The Guardian on She Stoops to Conquer​​​​​​​

“A must-see event”
The Daily Telegraph on Rutherford & Son

And there's more...
A Government Inspector Tour, 2012, at the Playhouse
The Game Tour, 2010, at the Playhouse
Canterbury Tales Tour, 2010, at the Playhouse
Medea Tour, 2010, at the Everyman
Accidental Death of an Anarchist Tour, 2008, at the Playhouse
Romeo and Juliet Tour, 2008, at the Playhouse
Lisa’s Sex Strike Tour, 2007, at the Everyman
The Man with Two Gaffers Tour, 2006, at the Playhouse
Wars of the Roses Tour, 2006, at the Playhouse
The School for Scandal Tour, 2005, at the Everyman
Sweet William & Comedy of Errors Tour, 2005, at the Everyman
The Merchant of Venice Tour, 2004, at the Everyman

Reviews //

“Here is the true, beating heart of British theatre”
The Daily Mail

"They do not disappoint with their ability to entertain and enthuse the theatregoer"
The Reviews Hub


Rehearsal blog

"Never has it been more important for actors and facilitators to come together and reach out beyond the auditorium and into the real world…"

Read Suzanne Ahmet's blog from the Hard Times rehearsal room
For Love or Money // reviews

"Northern Broadsides strike comedy gold"
The Guardian

"Classic Broadsides"
The Observer

"Extremely stylish ... exceptionally well-acted"

The Times

Mail on Sunday

Yorkshire Post

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