Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Out of Joint, Octagon Theatre Bolton and the Royal Court Theatre
​"Do you think it would be better if you and me got ourselves steady boyfriends?"
Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling they each think they control.

Andrea Dunbar wrote her semi-autobiographical play when she was just 19. It’s an explosive portrait of girls facing an unpromising future, offered a taste of adult adventure.

Celebrated for its wickedly funny dialogue and startling insight, Rita, Sue and Bob Too became a hit film in the 1980s Now, a crack cast including James Atherton (HollyoaksCoronation Street) and Taj Atwal (BBC1’s In the Club; Sky 1’s Stella; East is East in the West End) reclaim this masterpiece for the stage. It comes to the Citizens following a run at London's Royal Court Theatre.

    13 Feb7.30pm Post-show Discussion
    14 Feb7.30pm
    15 Feb7.30pm
    16 Feb7.30pm
    17 Feb2.30pm
    17 Feb7.30pm
  • Cast & Creative Team

    Writer -  Andrea Dunbar 
    Director - Kate Wasserberg
    Designer - Tim Shortall
    Lighting Designer - Jason Taylor
    Sound Designer - Emma Laxton


    James Atherton
    Taj Atwal
    Sally Bankes
    Gemma Dobson
    Samantha Robinson
    David Walker


"A timely revival of Andrea Dunbar’s lively and still-shocking coming of age play"
- The Stage

"Startling… Intensely funny"
- The Guardian

"The performances are universally impressive… A short sharp shock of a play with plenty to amuse, entertain and make you think"
- British Theatre Guide

"Andrea Dunbar provided a shot of adrenalin to British Theatre… An original, authentic and highly talented working class voice"
- Whatsonstage

"A spirited revival"
- Broadway World


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