Chorley Little Theatre’s new season of plays starts on Monday, September 7, with a production of the comedy ‘Educating Rita’.
The play celebrates its 35th anniversary but surprisingly has never been performed by Chorley Amatuer Dramatic and Operatic Society (CADOS) before, so it launches a season of plays entirely written by Northern-born writers.
Written by Willy Russell, the play tells the story of a working-class girl who goes to university to better herself, only to encounter an alcoholic and washed-up professor who has lost the spark from his life.
They form a volatile and touching friendship in which both bring out the best in each other.
Educating Rita was made into an award-winning movie in 1983 starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters, but this production returns to the more intimate setting of the original play and features just two actors.
Former CADOS Chairman Barry Callander stars as Frank, the jaded tutor, and Anneka Lee is his student.
The duo are directed by Dave Reid, best known to CADOS audiences for his award-winning portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.
As a professional drama teacher, he is bringing out the best of the cast.
He said: “Willy Russell scripts are always very special and popular, and we’ve had sell-outs with Blood Brothers and Our Day Out, so it’s amazing we’ve never done this one before. It’s a great way to start the season.”
The play runs until Saturday, September 12, every night at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £6 Monday to Wednesday, and £8 Thursday to Saturday, from Malcolm’s Musicland on 01257 264362 or www.chorleytheatre.com.