Bolton Octagon, Out of Joint and Royal Court Theatre’s revival of Andrea Dunbar's play.

“As long as you’re alive that’s all that matters”

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.

Dunbar's writing is never judgmental - she simply wrote what she knew.

The Times

Told with startling insight, a great ear for dialogue and wicked humour, 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.

Director: Max Stafford-Clark and Kate Wasserberg
Designer: Tim Shortall

Cast revealed

Rita, Sue and Bob Too production shots

Interview with the cast


Tuesday 7 - Saturday 11 November

7.30pm, Wednesday & Saturday matinee 2.30pm

Captioned Captioned | Saturday 11 November, 2.30pm

Post-show Q&A

Tuesday 7 November


£18.50 (£16.50 concessions)

School Workshops available

The Big Issue Blog: Taj Atwal

The actress writes about playing Rita in Bolton Octagon, Out of Joint and Royal Court Theatre’s revival of Rita, Sue and Bob Too. Read here

Rehearsal photos

Rita, Sue and Bob Too Rehearsal photos