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Huntington Theater Evening, Saturday March 12, 2011

Many of you will remember the outstanding “39 Steps” from September 2007; now Maria Aitken (St Anne’s, Oxon) is returning to Boston to direct a revival of Willy Russell’s play “Educating Rita”.  This is an exciting opportunity to experience more of her work!

"Rita, a young, brash hairdresser, wants more out of life. With a newly discovered passion for English literature, she enrolls in the local university and meets her tutor, Frank, a middle-aged poet and professor. Her fresh, unschooled reactions to the classics cause him to question his own understanding of his work and himself in this warm and witty tale of self-discovery by Willy Russell (Shirley Valentine, Blood Brothers)." 

“Re-discovering Educating Rita was a delight. I found the play as intelligent, surprising, and funny as ever — its warmth and sense of self-discovery radiates. In a city celebrated for its centers of learning, I expect the play to pop with particular meaning.” — Peter DuBois

The performance begins at 8pm and will be followed by a short talk about the play in the auditorium.  After this we will have a private reception with the director, Maria Aitken, and enjoy dessert, wine and coffee/tea in the upper lobby of the Huntington.  We hope that the actors will also be able to join us for the reception. The inclusive cost for the evening is $55 per ticket ($30 for Huntington subscribers who exchange their tickets to March 12 by contacting the subscription coordinator, Hailey Fuqua, at 617 273-1671 or Since this price takes advantage of a group-booking discount we have a fixed number of tickets and reception space available, so please reserve your places early. You can book online, or contact Richard Mansfield at


Further information about the play and production can be found at

Information about the theatre, including directions and parking details can be found at


David Manns

David G Manns, Trinity (Cantab.), President of the Society