Plays Directory : Educating Rita

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Willy Russell
  • Overview
    Set in working class Liverpool, Rita is a hairdresser. She’s full of fun and wit - a bit of a free spirit - and is married to Denny. But Denny wants a baby and Rita isn’t ready for all that, she wants to discover herself first before settling down. She wants the education she never had and desperately seeks to improve her life. Denny’s a nice guy, but he’s going nowhere, and Rita can see herself becoming a stifled housewife if she remains with him. She sees how her friends and the people around her have ended up, and she doesn’t want that. So she takes a leap and joins the Open University. There she meets Dr Frank Bryant, a disillusioned university professor of literature. He’s burnt out. His marriage has just ended and his girlfriend’s having an affair with his best friend. All of this has caused his drinking of whisky to get near out of hand. He’s lost his self confidence and is lacking in esteem. He thinks he’s an appalling teacher and his students aren’t any better. Frank needs a challenge, and he finds this in Rita. They end up finding a new lease of life through each other. Rita gives Frank the courage to believe in himself again as she goes on a journey of self-discovery.

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6 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Jessica Johnson
2020, Rita
National Tour
Jessica Johnson
2019, Rira
National Tour - Theatre by the Lake
Zoe Warren
Zoe Warren
Assistant Stage Manager
2019, Dresser
Theatre By The Lake
Lucy Westnidge
Lucy Westnidge
Company Stage Manager
2019, CSM
Phoebe Donbavand
2019, Backstage assistant
Theatre Royal Wakefield
Amy Clark
Amy Clark
Prop Maker
2019, Prop Maker
UK Tour 2019
Ian Slater
Ian Slater
Company Stage Manager
2019, Company Manager
Touring
Jane Williamson
Jane Williamson
Deputy Stage Manager
2018, Deputy Stage Manager
Jessica Johnson
2018, Rita
John Maudsley
John Maudsley
Lighting Technician
2018, Lighting Programmer
The Dukes
Katie Balmforth
Katie Balmforth
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Deputy Stage Manager
Octagon Theatre Bolton
Gemma Scott
Gemma Scott
Deputy Stage Manager
2017, Deputy Stage Manager
Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Jonathan Bex
Jonathan Bex
Actor
2017, Frank
Mayakovsky Theatre, Moscow
Adrian Gee
Adrian Gee
Set Designer
2017, Production Designer
Gala Durham
Jim Aspinwall
Jim Aspinwall
Artistic Director
2017, Director
Community Theatre
Jim Aspinwall
Jim Aspinwall
Artistic Director
2017, Director
Community Theatre
Jonathan Youl
2017, Frank
ALRA
Alyssa Watts
Alyssa Watts
Deputy Stage Manager
2017, DSM
Derby Theatre
Natalia Czuplak
Natalia Czuplak
Wardrobe Assistant
2017, ASM/Dresser
Rhyan Eldon-Davis
Rhyan Eldon-Davis
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Rehearsal ASM
The Queens Theatre, Hornchurch