23 – 26 February 2011
Educating Rita, the play that launched Julie Walters’ career and made Willy Russell’s name as a playwright (Blood Brothers & Shirley Valentine).
Rita is a brash, working-class 26 year-old hairdresser who is hungry to “know everything”. She embarks on an Open University course where she meets Frank, a jaded, cynical, alcoholic lecturer who is contracted to teach her. By turns, hilarious and illuminating, the play is utterly compelling – a brilliant exposé of the education process and, of course, human relationships.
Educating Rita ran for several years in London’s West End and was subsequently made into a film starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine
Directed by Nick Perry whose previous productions include Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing and Arcadia, Neil Simon’s Rumours and The Female Odd Couple, Michael Frayn’s Alarms and Excursions, Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy, Ray Cooney’s Out of Order, Ben Elton’s Gasping and Chris Smith’s An Evening with Gary Lineker.