Library Theatre Company presents

The Daughter in Law

23rd February - 10th March 2012

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Miner Luther Gascoigne and socially ambitious Minnie are newly wed. Luther’s mother disapproves; in her view Minnie’s pretensions make her an unsuitable match. A shocking revelation from Luther’s past provokes a rich drama of sexual tension and class conflict all set during the bitter 1912 miners’ strike.

With its wonderfully authentic dialogue and deep understanding of relationships, The Daughter-in-Law affirms DH Lawrence, famous for his novels and poetry, as a playwright of the front rank.

Take a look at how we designed the staging and costumes here

The Daughter in Law Performances

Thu 23 Feb 7:15pm Preview Preview - All tickets £12
Fri 24 Feb 7:15pm £19.50 & £17.50
Sat 25 Feb 2:30pm £15 & £13 (£13,£11)
Sat 25 Feb 7:15pm £19.50 & £17.50
Mon 27 Feb 7:15pm All £12
Tue 28 Feb 7:15pm £15 & £13 (£13,£11)
Wed 29 Feb 7:15pm £15 & £13 (£13,£11)
Thu 1 Mar 2:30pm £15 & £13 (£13,£11)
Thu 1 Mar 7:15pm Audio Described £15 & £13 (£13,£11)
Fri 2 Mar 7:15pm Signed Performance £19.50 & £17.50
Sat 3 Mar 2:30pm £15 & £13 (£13,£11)
Sat 3 Mar 7:15pm £19.50 & £17.50
Mon 5 Mar 7:15pm All £12
Tue 6 Mar 7:15pm £15 & £13 (£13,£11)
Wed 7 Mar 7:15pm Captioned Performance £15 & £13 (£13,£11)
Thu 8 Mar 2:30pm £15 & £13 (£13,£11)
Thu 8 Mar 7:15pm £15 & £13 (£13,£11)
Fri 9 Mar 7:15pm £19.50 & £17.50
Sat 10 Mar 2:30pm Director's Pre-Show Talk £15 & £13 (£13,£11)
Sat 10 Mar 7:15pm £19.50 & £17.50

The Lowry, Quays Theatre

  • Pier 8, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, M50 3AZ
  • Box Office: 0843 208 6010

The Lowry is our chosen venue for our main season plays whilst we are on the move. We are performing in the intimate setting of the Quays Theatre.
The Lowry is 10 minutes drive from Manchester City Centre, 20 minutes drive from Manchester Airport, and a quarter of a mile from the motorway network, giving access from all over the North West and beyond. It also has excellent public transport links and is situated in the centre of a vibrant shopping, eating and leisure destination.

Find out more about the getting to The Lowry here

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An enjoyable aspect of Chris Honer’s fine production is the humour gained from Lawrence’s depiction of Manchester as the immoral seat of Mammon from where Minnie acquired her hoity-toity ideas.

The Guardian

It is totally appropriate that this play is being performed a century after it was set and top marks to the Library Company for tackling a difficult play with such honesty, integrity and a mine full of talent.

Daily Post

Five out of five. The play introduces a freshness and modernity to a tale written long ago underlining a universal humanity which doesn’t date and makes this an unmissable production.

This production offers a fascinating insight into the mind and work of one of Britain’s best known authors, and least performed playwrights, and, in the hands of Honer, the production is pacy, witty and offers up real moments of brilliance. The Daughter-in-Law vividly takes you back a century, where, for two hours, you are happy to spend time in the company of this accomplished cast and strong production.

The Public Reviews

Then there is the daughter-in-law, Minnie, played with great versatility by Natalie Grady. This is a miniature tour-de-force of performance revealing strong and sensitive mood swings and swift responses to the unfolding drama.

Manchester Salon

the performances ooze authenticity and leave a lasting impression on those who witness them. Yet another triumph for one of the country’s most important theatre companies.

Messenger Newspapers

This is another one of those stupendously good, must-see productions that the Library Theatre seem to specialise in.

Jildy Sauce Blog

Honer directs deftly. He has a strong cast in which Alun Raglan and Natalie Grady capture splendidly the tension and feistiness of their troubled relationship.

The Arts Desk

Judith Croft’s set is constructed beautifully to give is an insight into the characters of the mother-in-law and the daughter-in-law. The two stars of the show are Natalie Grady, portraying the ambitious but lonely Minnie, and Paul Simpson as the brother-in-law, Joe, teasing and tormenting Minnie, but caring for her dearly.

Reviews Gate

The Cast

Diane Fletcher
Mrs Gascoigne
Paul Simpson
Joe Gascoigne
Susan Twist
Mrs Purdy
Natalie Grady
Minnie Gascoigne
Alun Raglan
Luther Gascgoine

Production Crew

Chris Honer

Related News & Blog Posts

Blog: The Daughter In Law - trailer and other features now online

Posted on 17th February 2012

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News: The Daughter-in-Law completes its run

Posted on 27th February 2012

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Comments on The Daughter in Law

  1. Attended 'The Daughter-in-law' at the Lowry tonight (23rd Feb), yet again a superb play staged by the wonderful Library Theatre company and directed superbly by Chris Honer. The dialect was sometimes 'heavy' for a lancashire lass to understand but enjoyable just the same. Well done.

    Said Nuala Chapman From Lancs at 22:11pm on 23rd Feb 2012

  2. I was pleased to win tickets to see The Daughter in Law in a competition on the listings website for Greater Manchester . There was a decent house but by no means full. A pity as the Library's productions are high quality and, to my mind, a cut above its rivals at the Royal Exchange. Maybe D H Lawrence isn't to everyone's taste. And I must admit I'm not a great fan. He is, of course, a writer of his time and I'm not sure that he had much of value to say to his contemporaries let alone those of us living a century (The Daughter in La was written in 1912) later.

    He certainly didn't write great parts for women. Minnie, the seemingly independent women who asks Luther to marry her, in the end submits to being a possesion by marriage. Sacrificing herself for love and social convention. There is a scatter gun of social issues in the play; the status of women, the rights of striking miners, illegitimate children, the responsibilities of absent fathers but in the end Lawrence fails on them all and backs the status quo.

    The Library's production is a dead straight version of a period play. It is well done but there are some difficulties. In the search for authenticity the cast adopt what are supposed to be deep East Midlands accents. In fact they vary from Yorkshire to strangled Brummie. Luther in particulary is virtually unintelligible which is a pity as crucial parts of the dialogue in the dramatic final scenes in particular may well have been spoken in Klingon for all I could understand. The sets are well done in evoking a period setting but the homes are far too luxurious for miners. Joe Gascoigne lounging on a chesterfield sofa doesn't look like a typical underpaid, striking miner.

    A good night out but a production that tried too hard to be of it's time and didn't do much to explore important social issues from a century ago that are still relevant today.

    Said Steve at 11:24am on 10th Mar 2012

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