Educating Rita

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Bloomsbury Academic, May 10, 2001 - Drama - 96 pages
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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.

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User Review  - Hannah - Goodreads

Read this at uni and loved it. Both characters are believeable and fun to follow. Read full review

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User Review  - Kieran Jamie Lee - Goodreads

Educating Rita - another dreaded essay read, another lame old generation journey? But boy I was wrong, Educating Rita shows true meaning of life, the focus in being yourself no matter what path you ... Read full review


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Willy Russell, born in Whiston near Liverpool, is one of the most popular and successful contemporary playwrights whose works are studied in schools and colleges. His plays include: One for the Road, Stags and Hens, Educating Rita, Blood Brothersand Shirley Valentine.

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