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Coronation Street actress to star in Educating Rita at the Lichfield Garrick

Tupele Dorgu

Tupele Dorgu

Former Coronation Street star Tupele Dorgu has confirmed she will be performing in a new production at the Lichfield Garrick.

The actress – who played Kelly Crabtree in the soap – will appear in Educating Rita from May 31 to June 22.

The show is being presented by the Lichfield Garrick Rep Company and Dorgu confirmed the news on her Twitter account yesterday:

The play follows the relationship between a young Liverpudllian working class hairdresser and Dr Frank Bryant, a middle-aged university lecturer, during the course of a year.

Susan (who initially calls herself Rita), dissatisfied with the routine of her work and social life, seeks inner growth by signing up for an Open University course in English Literature.

Rita meets her tutor, Frank, who is a middle-aged, alcoholic career academic who has taken on the tutorship to pay for his drink.

The two have an immediate and profound effect on one another – Frank is impressed by Susan’s verve and earnestness and is forced to re-examine his attitudes and position in life, while Susan finds Frank’s tutelage opens doors to a bohemian lifestyle and a new self-confidence.

Tickets are available by calling the box office on 01543 412121 or visiting www.lichfieldgarrick.com.

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