A gem of British Theatre, Educating Rita is the unforgettable story of the relationship between a feisty Liverpudlian hairdresser and a jaded university professor. Rita has a passion for literature and is intent upon self improvement. Frank’s disillusionment with life has driven him to the bottle. As Rita grapples with the trials of education, Frank learns to believe in himself again.
Originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Willy Russell‘s multi award winning comedy, based on his own experiences at evening classes, has entertained audiences around the world. The film version which starred Julie Walters and Michael Caine was Oscar nominated and won three BAFTA awards.
Matthew Kelly is one of the UK’s best loved actors. Winner of an Olivier Award for Of Mice and Men, his recent stage roles range from the musicals Spamalot and Legally Blonde in the West End to Troilus and Cressida at the Globe and Waiting For Godot with Sir Ian McKellen. Claire Sweeney is one of the UK’s most sparkling personalities with a string of credits from stage and screen including Brookside, Loose Women, Chicago and Guys and Dolls.