Educating Rita

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Essex Girl

Educating Rita

Last night I went to see Educating Rita at the tastefully converted Menier Chocolate Factory theatre (food related!) near London Bridge and almost next door to Borough Market.

Larry Lamb and Laura dos Santos brilliantly played Frank and Rita - Laura's Liverpool accent was "amazin'" I was sitting in the front row in the tiny auditorium and was about three feet from the stage which itself is just a platform raised about two feet off the floor.

There's a very nice restaurant too, with a separate bar next to the entrance to the auditorium.

The play is on until May and I can highly recommend it....not nearly as expensive as the theatre in the West End!

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JAMES

Educating Rita.

One of my favourite films, just love it.

I don't do the theatre too much, I get dreadfully bored and fidgit Im afraid.

XXX

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Elpe

Theatre

I, too, loved the movie and I'm wondering how the stage version differed. Last year I saw The Graduate on stage and that differed quite a bit from the film.
This week I'm going to see Cider with Rosie on stage and I'm fascinated to see how that will differ from the book and the film (the one with Juliet Stevenson). Usually I think the books are so much better - suppose because you can create your own visual images. We'll see!

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Essex Girl

Stage Play..

The Chocolate Factory is such a tiny theatre (seats only seven deep) and there are no curtains....

The play only has two characters, Frank and Rita and is all done in his chaotic book-filled office. There are several mini scenes which are denoted by the lights going out and the clock chiming so that you know the time difference....and Rita has several costume changes.

The play lasts for about an hour and a half, with no interval. The acting is so good - a credit to Larry Lamb and Laura dos Santos. I enjoyed it so much.

Alternating with this play is Myra Syall in Shirley Valentine. Probably another one worth seeing.

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Essex Girl

The Chocolate Factory

Forget to say that in keeping with the Liverpool connections they even have scouse on the menu in the restaurant!

 
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