Hull Truck Theatre Production


By Willy Russell
Directed by Mark Babych

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Hull Truck Theatre Production

Educating Rita

By Willy Russell
Directed by Mark Babych

Rita is a twenty-something Liverpudlian hairdresser with a hunger for knowledge. Frank is her Open University tutor, a cynical failed poet who hides the whisky behind the Dickens. Captivated by her honest and enthusiastic approach to Chekhov, Eliot and Lawrence, Frank finds his love of teaching returning, until Rita’s newfound independence leads her away from him and into cultural limbo.

A British theatre classic, this hilarious comedy about the clash of two sections of society is as relevant today as when it was originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1980. The play won the Society of West End Theatres award for Best Comedy and Best Play and the film version, starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine, was Oscar-nominated and won three BAFTAs.

Related events

Educating Rita Discover Day: Sat 25 June
Post-Show Q&A: Wed 29 June
Audio Described Performance: Thur 30 June, 7.30pm

Dinner & A Show

£23 Tue – Fri, £25 Sat
Includes main course, tickets, programme & parking

Theatre & Hotel Package

Hull Truck Theatre and Mercure Hull Royal Hotel have teamed up to offer two packages:

Two show tickets, accommodation & breakfast for two, for just £75, or also include a two-course meal at the hotel for just £99.
To book contact the Mercure Hull Royal Hotel on 01482 325087 /

Download the Audio Intro HERE


Simon Armstrong


Taj Atwal


‘gloriously funny’

Hull Daily Mail

‘powerful and moving - and most importantly, timely’

Yorkshire Post

‘Smooth-flowing, poetic production of Willy Russell’s all too resonant play’

The Stage

‘utterly gripping, moving and thought-provoking’

SoBanana Penguin

‘Simply outstanding’

Downstage Centre