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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Educating Rita Esk Valley Style

A professional theatre company located in the North York Moors National Park is presenting one of the UK’s best-loved comedies this summer, Willy Russel's Educating Rita from today until 3 September.

An education ... Amy Spencer and Ian Crowe during reheasals.
Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
Glaisdale-based Esk Valley Theatre has turned its attention to the 1980 Society of West End Theatre comedy of the year winner. The the film version saw stars Michael Caine and Julie Walters nominated for Oscars, and winning Golden Globes and Baftas.

The production is directed by Mark Stratton while Frank and Rita are portrayed by Ian Crowe, who local theatregoers may remember from his role as the flamboyant Sven Gali in Aladdin at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre at Christmas 2014, and a young talent from Liverpool, actress Amy Spencer.

Mark said: “We all like to root for the underdog who overcomes adversity, and that’s a great reason to do a play like Educating Rita.

Now in its 12th summer season, the theatre is located in the Robinson Institute in Glaisdale, eight miles west of Whitby.

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