Modern take on Rita, Sue and Bob Too on way to Scarborough Spa

A modern adaptation of Andrea Dunbar’s ground-breaking play Rita, Sue and Bob Too will visit Scarborough Spa  next year.

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 10:32 am
Rita, Sue and Bob Too

The twisted, dark and hilarious comedy drama that tells the story of Rita and Sue, two working class girls from a rundown council estate is being brought to the Spa Theatre by Theatrical Powerhouse, Diva Productions on Friday October 23.

In their spare time, the girls earn money babysitting for married couple Bob and Michelle. Behind Michelle’s back, Bob embarks on an affair with both Rita and Sue, who take it in turns with him in his car in the countryside. It is only a matter of time before Michelle and Sue's parents finds out and when they do sparks most definitely fly!

Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical work is a funny, touching and vibrant play, full of wicked humour and is a stark snapshot of 1980s northern working-class life, under an increasingly repressive Tory government. In 1986, the play was adapted into a film of the same name, and attracted a cult following due to its intimate portrayal of ordinary people’s lives.

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Andrew Ashley, the artistic director of the play, said: "We are incredibly excited to be presenting a new version of this popular 80s film live on stage for Yorkshire audiences next year. Andrea Dunbar's play is brutally honest, hilarious and incredibly dark, more so than its film counterpart, and its themes more than 30 years later still resonate strongly today.

"We hope to provide a touch of nostalgia to fans of this cult classic, as well as introduce the play to a new generation of theatre goers, whilst exploring the beautifully savage world presented on Dunbar's 1980s Bradford council estate."

Tickets will go on sale on Friday December 6 at 10am from Scarborough Spa’s box office: (01723) 821888 or via