Stephen Tompkinson to star in UK Tour of Willy Russell’s EDUCATING RITA

A major new stage production of Willy Russell’s EDUCATING RITA will tour the UK in 2019. Starring Stephen Tompkinson as Frank, and introducing Jessica Johnson as Rita.

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.

18 April – 27 April Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
30 April – 4 May The Lowry, Salford
6 May – 11 May Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
13 May – 18 May Nottingham Theatre Royal
20 May – 1 June Theatr Clwyd, Mold
3 June – 8 June Theatre Royal, Bath
17 June – 22 June Salisbury Playhouse
24 June – 29 June Exeter Northcott Theatre
2 July – 6 July Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
8 July – 13 July Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
15 July – 20 July Theatre Royal Wakefield
22 July – 27 July Sheffield Lyceum Theatre


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