Educating Rita at Lyric Theatre 30 Jan – 28 Feb

Educating Rita



A new production of Educating Rita is coming to the Lyric in January. Written by Willy Russell, Directed by Emma Jordan, Starring Kerri Quinn

Book in the next two weeks and save 15%!

“They expect too much.  They walk into the hairdressers and expect to walk out an hour later as a different person.  I tell them, I’m just a hairdresser, not a plastic surgeon.  See, most of them, that’s why they come to the hairdressers – because they want to be changed.  But if you wanna change you have to do it from the inside don’t you?  Know like I’m doin’….tryin’ to do. Do you think I will? Think I’ll be able to do it?”

It’s 1980, and Susan ‘Rita’ White has decided it’s time for a change.

A wise-cracking, no-nonsense hairdresser from the working-class streets of Belfast, Rita is tired of her job, her prospects, her husband, her life. She wants to be the sort of woman who knows the difference between Shaw’s Bridge and George Bernard Shaw, and so enrolls in an Open Learning course in English Literature where she meets her tutor Frank – a lecturer from North Down who teaches at Queen’s – and begins her journey of self-discovery.

Frank has his problems too. Divorced, an alcoholic, and sick to the back teeth of the pretensions of academic life, Frank finds Rita’s enthusiasm for learning and down-to-earth attitude refreshing.  Frank and Rita make an unlikely pair, but could they really show each other a way to a better future?

Willy Russell’s award-winning comedy comes to the Lyric in this reimagined new production starring the superb Kerri Quinn (Cabaret, Shibboleth), and directed by critically-acclaimed Emma Jordan (God of Carnage, Scorch).


Tickets: £10 – £24.50

60 Front Row tickets are available for Friday and Saturday nights and Saturday and Sundaymatinees for just £10 when booked before midnight Dec 07.

15% discount available on all other tickets (excluding concessions) when booked beforemidnight Dec 07.



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