Educating Rita National tour


National Tour

From 1 February 2021

The critically acclaimed 40th anniversary production of Willy Russell’s EDUCATING RITA, starring Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson as Frank and Rita and directed by Max Roberts, will tour again in 2021, opening at the Mayflower Theatre Southampton on 9 February 2021.

Audiences will be socially distanced. 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 tour is produced by David Pugh and is a Theatre by the Lake production.

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