Last Updated on 25 December 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team
Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson are to star in Will Russell’s Educating Rita Tour as the play celebrates its 40th Anniversary.
WHAT IS EDUCATING RITA ABOUT?
Educating Rita tells the story of married hairdresser Rita, who enrols on an Open University course to expand her horizons and her encounters with university tutor Frank. Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drinker, who is less than enthusiastic about teaching Rita. However, 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 learn from each other. The Educating Rita Tour 2021 has now concluded.
The play was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and played at the Warehouse Theatre, London in 1980, starring Julie Walters and Mark Kingston. Julie Walters reprised her role in the BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning film opposite Michael Caine.
WHO ARE THE EDUCATING RITA TOUR CREATIVE TEAM?
Educating Rita will have set and costume designs by Patrick Connellan, lighting design by Drummond Orr and sound design by David Flynn.
EDUCATING RITA TOUR 2020-21
Educating Rita Tour Chester
CHESTER – Storyhouse
1 – 6 February 2021
Educating Rita Tour Southampton
SOUTHAMPTON – Mayflower Theatre
9 – 13 February 2021
Educating Rita Tour Kingston
KINGSTON – Rose Theatre
23 – 27 February 2021
Educating Rita Tour Cheltenham
CHELTENHAM – Everyman Theatre
9 – 13 Match 2021
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