With the most romantic day of the year just around the corner the Lyric Theatre may just have the perfect answer to impress your loved or wannabe loved one.

Willy Russell’s award-winning comedy, Educating Rita is running now until March 5, the difference from the Julie Walters one is that it has been given a truly Belfast make over.

In short – and not giving away the ending – Rita is a wise-cracking, no-nonsense hairdresser from the working-class streets of Belfast with a gob on her. Tired of  her job, her prospects, her husband, and the social club she wants to be the sort of woman who knows the difference between John LeCarre and the old bloke on Dads Army and so enrolls in an Open University course in English Literature.

The ‘saviour’is  in the form of  a mild mannered ‘Holywood’ type who likes a wee toot or two and believes the best poetry is formed in the pub.  Needless to say he’s not much of a success as a poet – so failing Frank – who teaches at Queen’s and Rita begin a journey together.  

Still undecided, here are 4 more reasons to go…

1. It’s a nice funny/sad story and easy to watch

2. Kerri Quinn who plays Rita is very good

3. The Lyric is a great venue to people-watch in, so get there early and have a wee pre-drink

4. Impress your ‘significant other’ with a special Valentine’s evening in the Lyric Café Bar (2 courses £22 includes a complimentary glass of Prosecco).

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