Octagon Theatre Bolton & Derby Theatre
By Willy Russell
Director Elizabeth Newman

“Yeh. An’ it might be worthless in the end. But I had a choice. I chose, me. Because of what you’d given me. I had a choice.”

Frank has almost given up completely. Given up on his ambition to be a poet and bored of teaching undergraduate English students, he reflects morosely on his life. That is until Rita walks in. A 26 year old, married hairdresser, Rita has decided to take control of her life and earn herself an education. With Rita’s brash honesty and Frank’s deep intellect, each inspires the other as they both begin to wake up to life in their own way.

Willy Russell’s award-winning play is an uplifting tale of self-discovery where we witness how the power of choice comes through education.

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Ticket Prices 

£27.50 - £11 (Concessions available)

Investigate Day

Sat 4 February (Find out more)

Post Show Talk

Mon 30 January (Free) find out more about the performance after the show with the actors and director.


Please note there will be some on stage smoking of herbal cigarettes in this production. 

Production activity pack

You can download our Educating Rita activity pack here


The Bolton News


Elizabeth Newman


Ciaran Bagnall

Set and Lighting Designer

Mary Horan

Costume Designer

Lesley Hucthison

Movement & Associate Director

Ben Occhipinti

Sound Designer

Katie Balmforth

Deputy Stage Manager

“Flawlessly acted" 

The Stage

“Jessica Baglow is radiant”

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Manchester Evening News

“Witty and Charming” 

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Ticket Prices £27.50 - £11 (Concessions available)*
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Groups and school prices available (see underneath dates for details)

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