- This event has passed.
Tue Aug 31 – Sat Sep 4
When married hairdresser Rita feels there must be more to life than just having children she enrols on a university course to expand her horizons, little does she realise where the journey will take her.
Her tutor Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drinker, who’s less than enthusiastic about taking Rita on. Frank soon finds that his passion for literature is reignited by Rita, whose technical ability for the subject is limited by her lack of education, but whose enthusiasm Frank finds refreshing, the two soon realise how much they have to teach each other.
Set entirely in the scholarly clutter of Dr. Frank Bryant’s office, the play follows Rita’s efforts to escape her old life, and her blossoming into a literary connoisseur under Frank’s sporadic direction. Terribly funny and terribly sad, the play is both a comic masterwork and a poignant examination of education, class and disillusionment.
This heart-warming comedy won the Olivier award when it was produced in London’s West End by the RSC and was adapted into the multi-award-winning film which starred Julie Walters and Michael Caine.
Written by Willy Russell, one of our greatest playwrights, and starring one of our best loved actors Stephen Tompkinson as Frank and introducing Jessica Johnson as Rita.