Educating Rita (2014)

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Poster by Chaz Doyle

by Willy Russell

Directed by Mark Ireson

Performances: Tuesday 3rd to Saturday 7th June 2014, Bell Theatre


Failed poet, failed husband and a self-acknowledged “appalling teacher of appalling students”, somehow Frank has managed to hold onto his post as a university lecturer despite a prodigious intake of Scotch.

Working class hairdresser Rita is determined to change her life. She wants to know “everything” and thinks an Open University course in English literature might just be the answer. In need of extra cash to fund his drink habit, Frank agrees to tutor her, totally unaware of the whirlwind that’s about to enter his world.

Chris Stooke is Frank and Natalie Barker is Rita in Willy Russell’s “drama that happens to be very, very funny”. Inspired by his own experiences of returning to education, Educating Rita is a theatrical gem which has never been out of production somewhere in the world since it opened in 1980. Come and see why.




The cast and creative team would like to thank: Carrie Andrews - rehearsal space, transport, music advice, even more books and endless patience; Jai Campbell; James Hough; Barry Heselden; Lindsey Scott; Caroline Doyle and the company of There Is A War.

All the volunteers in the bar, box office, publicity and front of house teams - SLT would fall apart without your hard work.

Our condolences and commiserations to Dave Hollander and the company of Low Pay? Don't Pay!, which you should have been watching now.


The music played between scenes was a selection of pieces from 12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 by Arcangelo Corelli, performed by The English Concert, conducted by Trevor Pinnock


Some review quotes go here


Phil Gammon's album of photos are here

Abandoned poster design


The poster you see above was the second design, the one which actually made it onto the publicity material. The original design (right) was not used in case of possibly upsetting a well known publisher, and is included here for historical interest only.

Reminiscences and Anecdotes

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See Also

Educating Rita (1986)

Other SLT performances of Willy Russell's plays:

Our Day Out (1988)

Stags and Hens (1996)

Shirley Valentine (1997)



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