Husbands and Sons

D H Lawrence
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ISBN 9780571329670 Format Paperback
Published 05/11/2015 Length 176 pages

About Book

It's risky work, handlin' men, my lass. For when a woman builds her life on men, either husbands or sons, she builds on summat as sooner or later brings the house down crash on her head - yi, she does.

In Husbands and Sons, Ben Power has interwoven three of D. H. Lawrence's greatest dramas, The Daughter-in-Law, A Collier's Friday Night and The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd. Together, they describe the community Lawrence came from with fierce tenderness, evoking a now-vanished world of manual labour and working-class pride.

On the cracked border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire stands the village of Eastwood. The women of the village, wives and mothers, struggle to hold their families and their own souls together in the shadow of the great Brinsley pit.

Husband and Sons by D. H. Lawrence, adapted by Ben Power, premiered at the National Theatre, London, in October 2015 in a co-production with Royal Exchange Theatre.

  • Adapted By: Ben Power

    Ben Power is a writer and dramaturg . From 2006-2010 he was an Associate Director of Headlong and from 2010 has been an Associate Director of the National Theatre. His plays include: A Tender Thing (RSC), Elephantom (adapted from Ross Collin's book, National Theatre, West End) Ibsen's Emperor & Galilean (Adaptation for the National Theatre), Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), Paradise Lost (adaptation for Headlong, Northampton, Hackney Empire) and for Headlong with Rupert Goold Six Characters in Search of an Author (Headlong tour, West End, International Tour), and Faustus. Work for screen includes adaptations of Richard II and Henry V for BBC / NBC Universal as part of the Hollow Crown series. Richard II won the RTS Award for Best Single Drama.

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