Educating RitaDuration 1h40

Menier Theatre (Menier Chocolate Factory), Menier Theatre, Menier Chocolate Factory, London, United Kingdom, SE1 1TE

The Menier Chocolate Factory presents first major revival of Willy Russell's Laurence Olivier Award-winning comedy Educating Rita.

Much to the dismay of her husband Denny, Rita, a young, brash hairdresser, has recently discovered a passion for English literature and enrols with the Open University. Her fresh, unschooled reaction to the classics challenges the attitudes of the university and her lecturer Frank, who begins to question his own understanding of his work and himself.

Educating Rita premiered at the Piccadilly theatre in 1980. One of Russell's best loved plays, it was made into a highly successful film in 1983 starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine.

In Jeremy Sams's revival for the Menier, Laura Dos Santos and Larry Lamb star as pupil and teacher. Lamb is best known for his recent television roles in EastEnders and Gavin And Stacey, though he has a long stage pedigree with work for the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court and West End. Young actress Dos Santos has previously been seen in Russell's Stags And Hens.

Educating Rita plays at the Menier Chocolate Factory in repertoire with Shirley Valentine, as part of a season celebrating Russell, the playwright and novelist whose other work includes the long-running musical Blood Brothers.

For more about Educating Rita at the Menier Chocolate Factory read the First Night Feature.

Cast & Creatives

Larry Lamb, Laura Dos Santos
Willy Russell
Jeremy Sams
Menier Chocolate Factory
Peter McKintosh
Lighting Designer
Paul Anderson
Set Designer
Peter McKintosh
David Ogilvy

Menier Theatre (Menier Chocolate Factory)

Menier Theatre, Menier Chocolate Factory, London, United Kingdom, SE1 1TE
020 778 1712
Official site
Nearest tube
London Bridge
Nearest train
London Bridge

Off Site: There are red route disabled parking bays on Southwark Street (with time restrictions).

Access information

How to book
P: 0207 907 7060 F: 0207 378 1712 E:
Limited mobility
The entrances to the cafe and the gallery areas both have 3 steps and automatic doors. There is a ramp to the right of the cafe entrance which leads to a fire door, which can be opened to give level access to the cafe, and from there the gallery can also be accessed.
Access description
Some access for wheelchair users. No services or facilites for sensory impaired people.
Guide dogs policy
Some access.
There are 16 steps down to the male and female toilets, and 3 steps up to the theatre box office.
Disabled toilets
Yes. Kept locked, and has no alarm cord, but does have grab rails and a low level basin.
Table service. Assistance with carrying.