Educating Rita


Event details

  • Thu 5 April – Sat 14 April
  • Please refer to timetable below
  • The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE
  • 01524 598500

Presented by The Dukes and New Vic Theatre

By Willy Russell | Directed by Sarah Punshon

Hairdresser Rita has a thirst for knowledge her husband can’t understand. Eager to escape the trivial conversations at work, she enrols on an Open University course. And that’s when she meets Frank.

Frustrated poet, tutor and borderline alcoholic Frank has never met anyone like brash Liverpudlian Rita. Taking her under his wing, he attempts to guide her on a journey of self-discovery and learning. Driven to succeed, witty Rita challenges the stereotypes of the class and education system, confounding everyone’s expectations – including her own.

This classic comedy is funny, feisty and ultimately moving.

What does it take to change your life – and what might be the cost?

“This is without a doubt a play that welcomes and inspires change… this production deserves nothing less than five stars.” ★★★★★ – Northern Stage

“The Dukes have produced yet another winning show, adding a touch of the Duke’s unique magic to a well-known play by one of the great British playwrights. This show is definitely worth seeing as we can guarantee you will have a fantastic night out..” ★★★★★ –

Age guidance: 12+

Date Matinee Evening
Thursday 12 April 7.30pm
Friday 13 April 7.30pm
Saturday 14 April 2pm 7.30pm
Tickets Previews Mon – Thu Fri/Sat Balcony Stools Standing
Downstairs £9 £17.50 £19.50
Upstairs £9 £15.50 £17.50 £8 £5

Concessions receive £2 off

Friends of The Dukes receive an extra £1 off. See Educating Rita for HALF PRICE on Thursday 5 April.

Schools: £9.50 & one teacher free with every ten pupils

Groups: Buy 10+ tickets and save £1 per ticket.

*Only one special offer may be used on each ticket booked unless otherwise specified. Special offers not available on preview performances.