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 enrolls in an Open Learning course in English Literature where she meets her tutor Frank – a lecturer from North Down who teaches at Queen’s – and 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?

Following its record-breaking run at the Lyric Theatre Belfast in 2016, this reimagined production of Willy Russell’s award-winning comedy embarks on a tour of Ireland in 2017 – don’t miss it!

★★★★ “Thought-provoking and multi-layered” The Irish Times

★★★★★ “Funny and poignant” The Reviews Hub

★★★★ “Emma Jordan directs with characteristically quiet ferocity” The Stage

★★★★ “The perfect balance of humour and poignancy” Belfast Live

“Kerri Quinn is a revelation” Irish News

“Michael James Ford is mood-perfect” Irish Independent

BY WILLY RUSSELL | DIRECTED BY EMMA JORDAN

STARRING MICHAEL JAMES FORD & KERRI QUINN

PRODUCED BY THE LYRIC THEATRE, BELFAST