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Review: Educating Rita, Theatre Royal Norwich

This Willy Russell comedy really stands the test of time - despite being 30 years old.

We meet feisty Rita, a working class hairdresser from Liverpool who wants to educate herself out of her circumstances.

Like Russell, she has left school with no qualifications and feels trapped in her lifestyle. She enrols on an Open University course, and is given Frank as her boozy, disillusioned English tutor. Played by Jessica Johnson, Rita is very likeable and we enjoy her so-called journey to Enlightenment, learning how to dissect a Blake poem but, more importantly, learning how to value herself.

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