Matthew Kelly and Claire Sweeney star in Willy Russell’s modern classic, directed by Tamara Harvey.
Rita, a young, brash hairdresser, has recently discovered a passion for English literature and enrols with the Open University. Her fresh, unschooled reaction to the classics challenges the attitudes of the University and her lecturer Frank who begins to question his own understanding of his work and himself.
Matthew Kelly won an Olivier award for his role as Lennie in Birmingham Rep’s production of Of Mice and Men. Other theatre includes: Legally Blonde (UK tour), Waiting For Godot (Haymarket), Spamalot (UK tour) and Lend Me A Tenor (Gielgud). Matthew’s television credits include Benidorm, Bleak House and Cold Blood.
Claire Sweeney is well known for her role as Lindsey Corkhill on Brookside, and other television credits include Clocking Off, Merseybeat and Candy Cabs. Theatre includes: Roxie in Chicago (Adelphi), Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly) and Paulette in Legally Blonde (UK tour).
Tamara Harvey directed Smash! at the Chocolate Factory in 2011. Other theatre credits include: The Kitchen Sink and Where’s My Seat (Bush), Tell Me on a Sunday (UK tour) and Dancing at Lughnasa (Birmingham Rep).
‘A truly great play’ – Daily Telegraph