By Willy Russell.
Directed by Chris Honer.
“That’s why they come to the hairdressers – because they want to be changed. But if you wanna change y’ have to do it from the inside, don’t y?”
Educating Rita, Willy Russell’s intimate comedy with big ideas and an even bigger heart, is a gem of British theatre. Inspired by Russell’s own experiences of returning to education, this multi-award-winning comedy returns to Manchester for the first time in over twenty years.
Brash, straight-talking hairdresser Rita is determined to change her life. She wants to know ‘everything’ and she thinks the Open University might just be the answer. World-weary, alcohol-fuelled lecturer Frank is a failed poet, a self-acknowledged ‘appalling teacher of appalling students’. In fact, he’s just about given up. In need of extra cash, he agrees to tutor Rita, totally unaware of the whirlwind that’s about to enter his world…
The unlikely pair form a life-changing bond as Rita starts to find herself, and Frank finds a whole new lease of life. Touching, life-affirming and very, very funny, Educating Rita is a comic masterpiece from one of our best-loved writers.
Contains some strong language and may contain smoking.
‘Still as funny, clever and heart-warming as ever.’ The Scotsman
Wed 2 October 7.15pm
Audio Described Performance
Thu 3 October, 7.15pm
Fri 4 October, 7.15pm
Gillian Kearney (Casualty, Shameless, Brookside) as Rita
Philip Bretherton (George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Royal Exchange 2007 & Alistair Deacon in the BBC sitcom As Time Goes By) as Frank.