A Gala Theatre Production
“Huge kudos… for producing an amazing piece of theatre and a real treat… a fabulous evening, and a
perfect example of why Gala Theatre has so much to offer.”
What’s On North East
“Rita lights up the stage and truly captures the essence of this working class lass…
One of the best in-house productions from the Gala”
British Theatre Guide
Willy Russell’s award-winning play sees hairdresser Rita, unhappy in her job and with a thirst for knowledge, sign up for an Open University course in English Literature where she meets her tutor Frank, a middle-aged, alcoholic academic. With Rita’s brash honesty and Frank’s deep intellect, each inspires the other as they begin to form an unlikely bond.
Sunderland-born Jessica Johnson, who received rave reviews for her heart rending performance in The Fighting Bradfords last year, will take on the lead as Rita, with Patrick Driver (Silent Witness and Call the Midwife) taking the helm as Frank.
Following the Gala Theatre’s acclaimed production The Fighting Bradfords, we are delighted to be producing this British theatre classic. Considered a comic masterpiece, this thought-provoking and funny play was originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and has since become a BAFTA award-winning film starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine.
“Jessica Johnson is superb”
Sunderland Echo on The Fighting Bradfords
“Jessica Johnson gave an absolutely stunning, emotive performance.”
Cuckoo Review on The Fighting Bradfords
Behind the Scenes
Find out why Jessica Johnson is the perfect choice when it comes to playing Rita in this interview with The Northern Echo.
Assistant Director Kate Barton gives us an exclusive peek behind the scenes of Educating Rita in this blog post.
Assistant Director Kate Barton provides an update on preparation for the upcoming Educating Rita in this blog post.
Check out some shots from rehearsals as well as some audience feedback:An accordion slider with the ID of 5 doesn't exist.
Tuesday 4 April
Saturday 8 April
£15 (£13 concession), £12 on first night performance, all matinee performances and Gala Members 2-4-1 tickets for Gala Members on opening night