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The Willy Russell Season: Shirley Valentine / Educating Rita

March - May 2010

About The Show

Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars at No. 42) stars as the Liverpudlian housewife who talks to the wall whilst preparing her husband’s egg and chips. She’s in a rut. What has happened to her life? When her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation for two to Greece she packs her bags, heads for the sun and starts to see the world and herself rather differently….


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.  Larry Lamb (EastEnders, Gavin and Stacey) and Laura Dos Santos co-star in this first London revival of Willy Russell’s award-winning play.

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The Willy Russell Season: Shirley Valentine / Educating Rita