Two young women and a young man cuddling. In the background the same man dancing with another woman.

Production photos by Richard Davenport

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

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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.

“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: Kate Wasserberg
Set & Costume Designer: Tim Shortall
Lighting Designer: Jason Taylor
Sound Designer: Emma Laxton
Casting Director: Amy Ball



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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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.