The tour will reopen at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, running from 28 October to 14 November. He also directed The Pitman Painters, which transferred to the National Theatre and won Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards before opening on Broadway. ( Log Out /  Stephen Tompkinson’s television credits include ITV’s Torvill & Dean, BBC’s The Split, five series of DCI Banks, four series of Trollied, seven series of Wild at Heart, six series of Drop the Dead Donkey (British Comedy Award Winner for Best TV Comedy Actor) and three series of Ballykissangel, and his films include Phil in Brassed Off. The two soon realise how much they have to learn from each other. Stephen Tompkinson’s television credits include ITV’s Torvill & Dean, BBC’s The Split, five series of DCI Banks, four series of Trollied, seven series of Wild at Heart, six series of Drop the Dead Donkey (British Comedy Award Winner for Best TV Comedy Actor) and three series of Ballykissangel, and his films include Phil in Brassed Off. EDUCATING RITA tells the story of married hairdresser Rita, who enrols on an Open University course to expand her horizons, and her encounters with university tutor Frank. The Educating Rita UK Tour 2020 will re-open more theatres. For amateur theatre... in-print, online, community. We are not responsible for any inaccuracies contained within these materials. Pugh, whose previous work includes the West end production of Art, the Olivier Award-winning Heroes, Equus, as well as recent Take That musical The Band, which is currently getting the big-screen treatment, has produced Educating Rita on two tours – in 2019 and 2020. Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drinker, who is less than enthusiastic about teaching Rita. He also directed The Pitman Painters, which transferred to the National Theatre and won Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards before opening on Broadway. Julie Walters reprised her role in the BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning film opposite Michael Caine. EDUCATING RITA tells the story of married hairdresser Rita, who enrols on an Open University course to expand her horizons, and her encounters with university tutor Frank. The production, directed by Max Roberts and starring Stephen Tompkinson as Frank and Jessica Johnson as Rita, was on a UK Tour when the Government closed theatres in March. ( Log Out /  View all posts by Robert Wallace, National Theatre to transform Olivier auditorium as reopening plans are confirmed, Concert version of Sunset Boulevard to be staged at Alexandra Palace. This will be followed by a week at Shrewsbury Theatre Severn (17-21 November 2020), with more dates to be announced. There are lots of ways to get involved too - so please get in touch if you would like to be part of it. Photo: Nobby Clark. EDUCATING RITA was originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and played at the Warehouse Theatre, London in 1980, starring Julie Walters and Mark Kingston. She has always embraced change and so now, with social distancing – if you’ve got a closed theatre, she’ll reopen it – we are delighted we’re reopening the historic Rose Theatre, Kingston.”. From page to stage – and everything in between, The latest news, reviews and features on theatre, books, travel, culture and life. Educating Rita Tickets 2020, Educating Rita Tour Dates 2020, Educating Rita Schedule 2020. Her television credits include Wire In The Blood (ITV), Coronation Street (ITV) and Cuckoo (Channel 4). Change ), News: Educating Rita 2020 tour recommences, News: National Theatre to re-open the Olivier for socially distanced audiences from October, News: Jacksons Lane releases international contemporary circus short film Closer, News: Bridge Theatre announces winter productions, News: Captain Fantastic to create a virtual trick or treat this Halloween, News: West End star David Hunter and Caroline Kay release new online musical created during lockdown. The 40th anniversary tour of Willy Russell’s hit play Educating Rita is to recommence performances next month. Max Roberts is Emeritus Artistic Director of Newcastle’s Live Theatre. His theatre work includes Spamalot, Rattle of a Simple Man and Arsenic and Old Lace in the West End, Cloaca and A Christmas Carol (Old Vic), Art and Tartuffe (National tours). Her tutor Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drinker, who’s less than enthusiastic about taking Rita on, but the two soon realise how much they have to teach each other. The tour will reopen at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, running from 28 October to 14 November. Following the huge success of the run in August at the Minack Open Air Theatre, Cornwall, Olivier and Tony Award-winning producer David Pugh is delighted to announce that the acclaimed 40th anniversary production of Willy Russell’s EDUCATING RITA is coming back from Wednesday 28 October. Change ), Robert Wallace is the founder of TheatreGB. Paul Johnson (administrator) Above: Jessica Johnson as Rita & Stephen Tompkinson as Frank in EDUCATING RITA. Educating Rita is produced by David Pugh and is a Theatre by the Lake production. Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drinker, who is less than enthusiastic about teaching Rita. This hilarious and heart-warming comedy won the Olivier award when it was produced in London’s West End by the RSC and was adapted into the multi award winning film which starred Julie Walters and Michael Caine. We accept no responsibility for any images that are subsequently purchased and although we will remove, we accept no responsibility for the withdrawal of permission not being communicated to us. 17th September 2020 Touring Stephen Tompkinson stars in the 40th-anniversary production of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita. Jessica Johnson’s theatre credits include Call Me Mary Poppins, Goth Weekend, Kings and Queens, Each Piece and Anti-Gravity at the Live Theatre, Newcastle.

However, Frank soon finds that his passion for literature is reignited by Rita, whose technical ability for the subject is limited by her lack of education, but whose enthusiasm Frank finds refreshing. Educating Rita Tour Dates & Tickets 2020 | Ents24 Educating Rita Tour Dates When married hairdresser Rita enrols on a university course to expand her horizons, little does she realise where the journey will take her. Tags: David Pugh, Educating Rita, Jessica Johnson, Max Roberts, Minack Open Air Theatre, Rose Theatre Kingston, Shrewsbury Theatre Severn, Stephen Tompkinson, Willy Russell. ( Log Out /  She previously played Rita in Rebecca Frecknall’s 2017 production of Educating Rita at the Gala Theatre, Durham. ( Log Out / 
Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Her television credits include Wire In The Blood (ITV), Coronation Street (ITV) and Cuckoo (Channel 4). Russell’s other writing credits include the Olivier Award-winning musical Blood Brothers, and the hugely successful play Shirley Valentine, which won the Olivier Awards for Best New Comedy and Best New Actress, and a  Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. Max Roberts is Emeritus Artistic Director of Newcastle’s Live Theatre. Russell’s other writing credits include the Olivier Award-winning musical Blood Brothers, and the hugely successful play Shirley Valentine, which won the Olivier Awards for Best New Comedy and Best New Actress, and a  Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. His Olivier Award-nominated production of Lee Hall’s Cooking With Elvis transferred to the West End’s Whitehall Theatre (now Trafalgar Studios) before touring nationally. David Pugh said: “Rita herself is a class act. “Rita herself is a class act. Educating Rita 2020 Tour Recommences Latest News Following the huge success of the run in August at the Minack Open Air Theatre, Cornwall, Olivier and Tony Award-winning producer David Pugh is delighted to announce that the acclaimed 40 th anniversary production of Willy Russell’s EDUCATING RITA is coming back from Wednesday 28 October. Would love your thoughts, please comment. Educating Rita tour dates listed on Ents24.com since Nov 2019. The two soon realise how much they have to learn from each other. Photo: Nobby Clark. Ents24 Ltd, Technology House, 16-18 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LG Russell’s other writing credits include the Olivier Award-winning musical Blood Brothers, and the hugely successful play Shirley Valentine, which won the Olivier Awards for Best New Comedy and Best New Actress, and a  Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. Under his direction, the Live Theatre has become one of the country’s most successful theatre companies with an outstanding reputation for developing new work. Website: educatingrita.co.uk | Twitter.com/EducatingRitaUK | Facebook.com/EducatingRitaPlay, 28 October – 14 November | Rose Theatre Kingston | 020 8174 0090 | rosetheatre.org, 17 – 21 November | Shrewsbury Theatre Severn | 01743 281281 | www.theatresevern.co.uk, Jessica JohnsonJulie WaltersMichael CaineStephen TompkinsonWilly Russell. The tour will reopen at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, running from 28 October to 14 November. In Native, News, Plays, Press Releases, Quotes, Regional theatre, Touring by Press Releases17th September 2020. Stephen Tompkinson’s television credits include ITV’s Torvill & Dean, BBC’s The Split, five series of DCI Banks, four series of Trollied, seven series of Wild at Heart, six series of Drop the Dead Donkey (British Comedy Award Winner for Best TV Comedy Actor) and three series of Ballykissangel, and his films include Phil in Brassed Off.

Born in Liverpool in 1947, Willy Russell left school at 15 and became a women’s hairdresser and part-time singer/songwriter before returning to education to retrain as a teacher. Stephen Tompkinson’s television credits include ITV’s Torvill & Dean, BBC’s The Split, five series of DCI Banks, four series of Trollied, seven series of Wild at Heart, six series of Drop the Dead Donkey (British Comedy Award Winner for Best TV Comedy Actor) and three series of Ballykissangel, and his films include Phil in Brassed Off.