At The Huntington
Huntington Theatre Company kicks off its
Spring season March 11 - April 10 with "Educating Rita"
by Willy Russell ("Shirley Valentine,"
"Blood Brothers"). For this production, the theater
will welcome back celebrated British director Maria Aitken.
Aitken previously staged the pre-Broadway, Tony nominated
American premiere of "Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps"
at the Huntington.
"Educating Rita," Rita (Jane Pfitsch) is a
brash, young hairdresser with a free spirit, hungry to improve her lot
in life. When she enrolls at the local university, she discovers a passion
for literature and turns the life of her boozy and burnt-out her professor
(Andrew Long) life upside down.
Winner of the Olivier Award for Best
New Comedy, "Educating Rita" was commissioned by the
Royal Shakespeare Company, premiered in London in the
Summer of 1980, and was adapted into a film in 1983 starring Julie
Walters and Sir Michael Caine.
Aitken commented, “I am so happy to be returning to the Huntington
with 'Educating Rita,' a showcase for the actors and a quirky homage to
the 'Pygmalion' story. If you think you saw it when you saw the film,
Playwright Willy Russell was born in Whiston, near Liverpool and left
school at fifteen. He began his career as a songwriter and transitioned
to playwriting in the late 1960s. "Educating Rita" premiered
in London at The Warehouse Theatre in 1980. His other
plays include "Keep Your Eyes Down," "John Paul
George Ringo and Bert ," "One For The Road," "Stags
and Hens," "Blood Brothers," and "Shirley
Post-Show Audience Conversations
Led by members of the Huntington staff. After most Tuesday - Friday, Saturday
matinee, and Sunday matinee performances throughout the season. Free with
a ticket to the performance.
Out & About Club
Thursday, March 17, following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Join GLBT audience members at a post-show party. Use code OUT to purchase
discounted tickets at $40 to this performance online.
Thursday, March 24, 10 a.m.
Friday, April 8, 8 p.m.
For deaf and hard-of-hearing audience members. Call 617 273-1558 for more
Thursday, March 24, following the 10 a.m. performance
Thursday, March 31, following the 7:30 p.m. performance
Wednesday, April 6, following the 2 p.m. performance
Participating cast members answer questions from the audience.
Sunday, March 27, following the 2 p.m. performance
A post-performance talk exploring the context and significance of "Educating
For tickets and information, stop by the box office, call
617-266-0800 or visit huntingtontheatre.org.