Educating Rita is a class act – and you could win tickets

OLIVIER Award-winning play ‘Educating Rita’ – starring Matthew Kelly and Claire Sweeney – will be coming to Theatre Royal in Glasgow from Monday, May 28 to Saturday, June 2.

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The Herald has a pair of tickets to give away to see the show on Tuesday, May 29, at 7.30pm.

Considered a classic of British theatre, ‘Educating Rita’ is the unforgettable story of the relationship between a feisty Liverpudlian hairdresser and a jaded university professor.

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Starring Claire Sweeney and Matthew Kelly, the Willy Russell play tells the story of Rita who has a passion for literature and is intent upon self-improvement. Frank’s disillusionment with life has driven him to the bottle.

As Rita grapples with the trials of education and begins to challenge the attitudes of the university and her tutor, Frank begins to question his own understanding of his work and learns to believe in himself again.

Originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, the show won the 1980 Society of West End Theatres (now Olivier) award for Best Comedy and Best Play. Since that time, ‘Educating Rita’ has never been out of production somewhere in the world.

Stars Claire Sweeney has performed in a number of stage hits and was also in ‘Brookside’.

Matthew Kelly was a famous TV host for many years and has carved out a successful theatre career.The film version which starred Julie Walters and Michael Caine was Oscar-nominated and won three BAFTA awards.

Tickets cost from £13 to £28, plus booking fee for the show. To book call 0844 871 7647 or visit

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show see this week’s Herald.

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