Smash hit play comes to the Market Place

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Willy Russell’s award-winning comedy ‘Educating Rita’ comes to the Market Place Theatre in Armagh next week following a record-breaking run at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.

Hot on the heels of its record-breaking run in 2016, this reimagined production of Willy Russell’s award-winning comedy returns to the stage with its original cast of Michael James Ford and Kerri Quinn.

It’s 1980, and Susan ‘Rita’ White has decided it’s time for a change.

A wise-cracking, no-nonsense hairdresser from the working-class streets of Belfast, Rita is tired of her job, her prospects, her husband, her life.

She wants to be the sort of woman who knows the difference between Shaw’s Bridge and George Bernard Shaw, and so enrols in an Open Learning course in English Literature where she meets her tutor Frank. So begins her journey of self-discovery.

Frank has his problems too. Divorced, an alcoholic, and sick to the back teeth of the pretensions of academic life, Frank finds Rita’s enthusiasm for learning and down-to-earth attitude refreshing.

Frank and Rita make an unlikely pair, but could they really show each other a way to a better future?

Educating Rita comes to the stage of the Market Place Theatre on Tuesday February 28 and Wednesday March 1.

The curtain goes up at 8pm and tickets, priced from £14, are on sale now from the Market Place Theatre Box Office on 028 3752 1821.

For further information or to book tickets online, log onto www.marketplacearmagh,com.