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Dukes Theatre: Educating Rita

The Dukes, Lancaster LA1 1QE

Presented by The Dukes and New Vic Theatre

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?

“Simply a marvellous play, painfully funny and passionately serious.” The Sunday Times

Age guidance: 12+

Performances nightly from Thu 5 - Sat 14 April (no performance on Sunday + Monday)
Matinees at 2pm on Wed 11 and Sats 7+14 April, and at 11am on Tues 10 April. 
BSL performance: Wednesday 11 April
Audio description: An audio guide is available to accompany this production from Tuesday 10 April
Secrets of the Stage: Tuesday 10 April


Previews Thu 5 April:  £9
Mon – Thu: Downstairs £17.50, Upstairs £15.50
Fri/Sat: Downstairs £19.50, Upstairs £17.50
Balcony stools £8, Standing £5

Special offers available.

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