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No Strapline

Educating Rita

Wednesday 18 April–Saturday 5 May 2018

By Willy Russell
Directed by Sarah Punshon

Hairdresser Rita has a thirst for knowledge her husband can’t understand. Eager to escape the trivial conversations at work, she enrols on an Open University course.

And that’s when she meets Frank.

Frustrated poet, tutor and borderline alcoholic Frank has never met anyone like brash Liverpudlian Rita. Taking her under his wing, he attempts to guide her on a journey of self-discovery and learning. Driven to succeed, witty Rita challenges the stereotypes of the class and education system, confounding everyone’s expectations – including her own.

This classic comedy is funny, feisty and ultimately moving. What does it take to change your life – and what might be the cost?


Educating Today’s Ritas – Tue 1 May 6.30pm
Join us for a pre-show panel discussion to explore education in today’s society.
Is it ever too late to access further education? Is there still a class divide?
What are the barriers to people following their ambitions?

Chaired by New Vic Associate Director Zoë Waterman, the discussion will include Nic Gratton, Lead for Cultural and Connected Community Engagement at Staffordshire University, David Amigoni, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Keele University and Professor David Vincent, eminent social historian and former Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Open University.

Tickets: FREE but booking required. Speak to our Box Office Team on 01782 717962

Wednesday 18 April–Saturday 5 May 2018


Photo Gallery

Image by Darren Andrews


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“The Dukes have produced yet another winning show…”

What's Good To Do
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“All in all, this production deserves nothing less than five stars


Rebekah Baxter, Northern Soul

“There’s still a lot to teach any audience in such a well-schooled production as this…”

David Upton, British Theatre Guide
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“Totally absorbing...a delightful revival…”

Neil Bonner, The Stage

“Fresh and lively...real chemistry on stage…”

Ian Corbishley, Hitmix Radio
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“Few can be better than this…”

Chris Eldon Lee, What's On Staffs
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Sonya Farrell, Babababoon

“Instructive, relevant and highly entertaining…”

— John Hargreaves, Market Drayton Advertiser

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