Educating Rita

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Bloomsbury Academic, May 10, 2001 - Drama - 96 pages
32 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.

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User Review  - Tasmin Zara - Goodreads

Wow! This book was incredible! I loved how we find how both people from different social classes are not fully content within their lives; how education can have either a really good impact on ones life or a negative impact. I recommend everyone to give this book a read. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

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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