Educating Rita

  • 17 August 2021 - 21 August 2021
  • David Pugh presents a Theatre by the Lake production

When married hairdresser Rita enrols on a university course to expand her horizons, little does she realise where the journey will take her.

Her tutor Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drunk who’s less than enthusiastic about taking Rita on but when these two people come together they soon realise how much they have to teach each other.

This hilarious and heart-warming comedy won the Olivier Award when it was produced in London’s West End by the RSC and was adapted into the multi award-winning film which starred Julie Walters and Michael Caine.

Written by one of our greatest ever playwrights Willy Russell and starring one of our best loved actors Stephen Tompkinson as Frank and introducing Jessica Johnson as Rita. This production directed by Max Roberts of Live Theatre has garnered rave reviews.

Production photos: Nobby Clark


★★★★ ‘Heart-stopping. The play’s underlying questions feel more pertinent than ever.’ - Guardian

★★★★ 'Joyous. The play has lost none of its wit or charm. A firecracker turn by Jessica Johnson – exuberant, raw, resilient.' - Evening Standard

★★★★ ‘Every bit as relevant today. Stephen Tompkinson gives a fine performance.’ - Times

★★★★ 'If you are in any way wary about a return to the theatre, the Rose is a perfect venue to allay your fears.' - Broadway World




Event Details

Running Time: 90 mins. Please note there will be no interval for this performance. 

The Rose has implemented all necessary measures to ensure we are a COVID-19 secure venue and have met the guidelines set out by the government to make your visit safe. Performances of Educating Rita are currently on sale with socially distanced seating and will remain socially distanced even after the 19 July lifting of restrictions. 

When booking for this performance you will need to select all seats in a bubble to be able to proceed. If you cannot match your seating requirements please call the box office on 020 8174 0090. For more information about our COVID-19 secure venue click here.

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