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Educating Rita (Methuen Modern Plays)by Willy Russell
Synopses & Reviews
Educating Rita, about a working-class Liverpool girl's hunger for education, is "simply a marvelous play, painfully funny and passionately serious; a hilarious social documentary; a fairy-tale with a quizzical, half-happy ending."—Sunday Times
"Like Roots and Pygmalion ... a touching play about the melancholic ways education often pulls people apart instead of bringing them together."—Guardian
"Mr. Russell has taken a look at two segments of English society and engineered a collision that is as full of regret as it is of promise ... the deft moments of its best comedy are splendidly refreshing."—The Times
Educating Rita premiered at the RSC Warehouse, London, in June 1980. Voted Best Comedy of 1980, it was subsequently made into a highly successful film with Michael Caine and Julie Walters.
A poignant and hilarious play about a working class Liverpool girl's hunger for education.
A poignant and hilarious play about a working-class Liverpool girl's hunger for education. It was voted Best Comedy of 1980 and was successfully filmed with Michael Caine and Julie Walters.
About the Author
Born near Liverpool he left school at 15. One of Britain's most successful playwrights his most famous play, Blood Brothers, continues to run in London. Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita have also been turned into hugely successful films.
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