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Educating Rita – Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Jane Pink For those of us of what we shall call “a certain age” Educating Rita is fixed firmly in our mind via the hugely successful 1983 film version of Willy Russell’s enduring comedy. For a later generation it has become a classic text studied and performed with great respect and admiration. First ...

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Educating Rita – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Michael Gray   In our celebrity-sated, 15-minutes-of-fame fixated world, is education still seen as the road to personal fulfilment and life-changing cultural freedom? Rita first burst into Frank’s study thirty-five years ago. Wisely, this first-rate revival, directed by Patrick Sandford for the Mercury Theatre’s Made in Colchester strand, sets the action in the ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Educating Rita’s Samantha Robinson

Forget the year of the sheep, 2015 is proving to be the year of Rita. As Willy Russell’s classic Educating Rita celebrates its 35th anniversary, several theatresacross the country are staging the play. As rehearsals get underway for the Mercury Theatre Colchester production, Samantha Robinson talks to Glen Pearce about playing the iconic rôle. How are rehearsals going? It is ...

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WHAT’S HOT – Week Beginning Monday 9th February 2015

Shakespeare like you’ve never seen before, a Scottish classic at the Citz and the Carôle King musical are all opening across the country this week. Kris Hallett shares his top picks of UK theatre Beautiful- Aldwych Theatre, London Having taken Broadway by storm this Carôle King biopic now opens in the West End with previews from Tuesday (10thFebruary). It could ...

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NEWS: Little Shop Of Horrors leads Colchester Mercury Spring 2015 season

Colchester’s Mercury Theatre has today launched details of its Spring/Summer 2015 Season. Building on the success of this year’s Made In Colchester season, the brand returns next year. In its 35th anniversary year, Willy Russell’s Educating Rita looks to be a popular choice with theatre programmers for 2015 and an in-house version will open the Made In Colchester Season in ...

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NEWS: Educating Rita set for major revival at Liverpool Playhouse

It may be one of the plays most associated with Liverpool, but Willy Russell’s Educating Rita will be performed professional in the city for the first time in 13 years to open the Liverpool Playhouse’s 2015 Season. This major revival will mark the play’s 35th anniversary and will star Leanne Best as Rita and Con O’Neill as Frank. Following a ...

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Educating Rita – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Chris Honer Reviewer: Iain Sykes [rating:5] Educating Rita, Willy Russell’s comedy about the transforming power of education enjoys a well deserved revival as the opening show of Library Theatre’s new season at The Lowry. Probably more familiar in its 1983 film version with Michael Caine and Julie Walters, this production strips the play back to its ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Educating Rita – Assembly George Square

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating: 3.5] A brilliantly-written play that makes an unlikely couple of a Scouse hairdresser and a University Lecturer, Educating Rita is a piece that maintains its popularity by being funny, engaging and accessible. In an attempt to improve her life Rita enrols in an English Lit course via Open University, and ...

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