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Husbands and Sons

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Husbands and Sons, written by Ben Power, is a play that is based on D. H. Lawrence's dramas, interweaved to tell the story of three families. Set in a mining town in Eastwood, where men work in the unlivable conditions of a mine and women care for the home, the audience sees how domestic violence, emotional incest, and addiction affect families in poverty. First published in 2015, Husbands and Sons was produced in co-production in 2016 by the National Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre.


Act One, This Very Mortal Night

Act Two, Dutch Courage

Act Three, High and Mighty

Act Four, Clean as a Whistle


The Holroyds: Lizzie Holroyd-a miner's wife, Charles Holroyd-her husband, Grandmother-Holroyd's mother, Jack Holroyd-their young son.

The Lamberts: Lydia Lambert-a miner's wife, Nellie Lambert-her daughter, Walter Lambert-a miner; Lydia's husband, Ernest Lambert-their son.

The Gascoignes: Mrs. Gascoigne-widow of a miner, Joe Gascoigne-her youngest son, Luther Gascoigne-her eldest son, Minnie Gascoigne-Luther's new wife.

Others: Gertie Coomber-Nellie's best friend, Maggie Pearson-Ernest's girlfriend, Mrs. Purdy-a neighbor of the Gascoignes, Blackmore-an electrician and a friend of Lizzie's, John Carlin-a miner, Clara-a woman from Nottingham, Laura-a woman from Nottingham.

Creation & Production:[edit]

D. H. Lawrence's A Collier's Friday Night, The Daughter in Law, and The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd. These plays were discovered and staged by Peter Gill at the Royal Court in 1965, which inspired Ben Power and Marianne Elliott to devise and produce the play.


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