Rita, Sue and Bob Too at Royal Court Theatre tickets
Rita, Sue and Bob Too at Royal Court Theatre tickets

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Overview

Andrea Dunbar’s challenging play about two teenaged babysitters’ sexual encounter with a married father returns to the Royal Court Theatre for a strictly limited season. Originally premiering at the London venue in 1982, Rita, Sue and Bob Too was presented when Max Stafford-Clark was Artistic Director of the theatre.

Rita, Sue and Bob Too follows the story of two teenage girls living on a council estate. In order to earn some money, the pair begin babysitting for the wealthier Bob and Michelle, who live in a much nicer part of town. After their first night working, Bob says he’s going to give them a lift home. Instead, the trio drive to a remote area and have intercourse in the back of Bob’s car. Soon, the group agree to make it a regular occurance.

Written when Dunbar was 18 years old, Rita, Sue and Bob Too is a semi-autobiographical piece set in Bradford. Social class, age and sexual power dynamics were all too familiar to the young writer who grew up on a council estate. Directed by Kate Wasserberg, the production features design by Tim Shortall, lighting design by Jason Taylor and sound design by Emma Laxton.

Casting includes James Atherton as Bob, Taj Atwal as Rita, Gemma Dobson as Sue, Sally Bankes as Mum, Samantha Robinson as Michelle and David Walker as Dad.

The production plays a strictly limited season at the Royal Court Theatre, ending on 27 January 2018. With plenty of contention surrounding the production, Rita, Sue and Bob Too is unmissable.

Recommended for

Issue-based and female-led theatre supporters and those interested in the history of British new writing and the Royal Court won’t want to miss this.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 14+

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Opened: 09 Jan 2018
Booking from: 09 Jan 2018
Booking until: 27 Jan 2018

Location and map

Royal Court Theatre
Sloane Square
London, SW1W 8AS

3 Reviews Add review

I was pleased to finally see this production of 'Rita, Sue and Bob Too' as I really like the film. However for me, this production... More

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I was pleased to finally see this production of 'Rita, Sue and Bob Too' as I really like the film. However for me, this production lacked a certain punch or a certain something. The acting was certainly good, however I thought it was going to much darker. Some parts were very funny and others were quite painful to watch. I loved the setting of the 1980's and was slightly disappointed that the music wasn't used to full effect during this production. Overall I'm pleased the Royal Court made the decision to show this production, however it wasn't as good as I hoped it would be!

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

simonmilligan 6"2, 121 reviews, 3 helpful votes

simonmilligan 6"2, 121 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Still as dark today as it was when it was first written. Great cast, minimal set.

barrythompson1 37 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Still as dark today as it was when it was first written. Great cast, minimal set.

barrythompson1 37 reviews, 0 helpful votes