Two young women and a man in 80s clothes stand in a field with their backs to us, looking towards a town on the horizon

“Do you think it would be better if you and me got ourselves steady boyfriends?”

Meet the cast.

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 each of them think they control.

Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play, written for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19, is a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an unpromising future, both hungry for adult adventure.

Told with wicked humour, startling insight and a great ear for dialogue, Rita Sue and Bob Too was adapted into a cult 80s film. The classic play’s original director Max Stafford-Clark directs this major new production.

“Dunbar’s play is as fresh as a stiff northerly wind off the Pennines.  The story is bursting with a gutsy vitality”
London Evening Standard

“A brilliant, scabrous comedy”
Daily Mail

Cast: James Atherton, Taj Atwal, Sally Bankes, Gemma Dobson, Samantha Robinson, David Walker. (Meet the cast)

Director: Max Stafford-Clark & Kate Wasserberg
Set & Costume Designer: Tim Shortall
Lighting Designer: Jason Taylor
Sound Designer: Emma Laxton
Casting Director: Amy Ball


A blue commemorative plaque on the wall of a pebble-dashed terrace house, which reads "Andrea Dunbar (1961-1990) PLAYWRIGHT lived here.

A commemorate plaque on Andrea Dunbar’s home on the Buttershaw Estate that inspired her plays.


Octagon Theatre Bolton  
6-23 September 2017. Tickets

Harrogate Theatre     
26-30 September. Tickets

Bristol Old Vic       
3-7 October. Tickets

Liverpool Playhouse  
10-14 October. Tickets

Warwick Arts Centre 
17-21 October. Tickets

Oxford Playhouse 
24-28 October. Tickets

Royal & Derngate, Northampton      
31 October – 4 November. Tickets

Cast, Doncaster        
7-11 November. Tickets

York Theatre Royal    
14-18 November. Tickets

Derby Theatre      
21-25 November. Tickets

Royal Court, London     
9-27 January 2018. Tickets
Post show Q&A Tue 23 Jan

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 
31 Jan – 3 Feb. Tickets.

Theatr Clwyd, Mold
6-10 Feb

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