Educating Rita heading for Esk Valley Theatre, Glaisdale

Esk Valley Theatre - Educating Rita with Ian Crowe and Amy Spencer in rehearsals
Esk Valley Theatre - Educating Rita with Ian Crowe and Amy Spencer in rehearsals

The Esk Valley Theatre presents the Willy Russell classic Educating Rita this summer in Glaisdale, near Whitby.

Frank, a whisky-loving middle-aged English tutor seems to be drinking himself towards oblivion when his world is rocked by the arrival of Rita, a working-class girl from Liverpool.

She bursts in to Frank’s world with a raw energy and a hunger to be ‘educated’ that takes Frank by surprise.

He starts to teach her but is soon questioning the value of his efforts, as we the audience starts to wonder who is receiving the greater lesson, the pupil or the teacher?

Voted best comedy of 1980, Esk Valley Theatre is presenting an updated version of this funny, thought-provoking play.

The two-handed play was filmed with Michael Caine as Frank and Julie Walters as Rita who also played the role on stage. Maureen Lipman was also in the film.

The Esk Valley cast is Ian Crowe as Frank and Amy Spencer as Rita and the play will be directed by Mark Stratton.

It runs at Esk Valley Theatre, Glaisdale, Whitby, from August Thursday 11 to Saturday September 3.

Performances are daily at 7.3opm with 2.30pm matinees on Saturday August 13 and 20, Thursday August 18 and 25 and September 1 and Tuesday August 23 and 30.

Bookings and information on 01947 897587.