The Minack Theatre is set to spring to life after lockdown next month with two weeks of performances of 'Educating Rita'.

The production stars Stephen Tompkinson as Frank and Jessica Johnson as Rita, and is directed by Max Roberts.

The 40th anniversary production of Willy Russell’s show was on a UK tour when lockdown began but is now set to show Tuesday, August 18 until Saturday, August 29.

Executive director of the Minack, Zoe Curnow, said: “We are delighted to be able to reawaken the Minack from its lockdown sleep and put the soul back into our theatre with live performances.

"Having sadly had to postpone our previously scheduled 2020 season, we are delighted to be forging new friendships with producers like David and are really excited to welcome Willy Russell and Stephen and Jessica to our beautiful theatre.

"Our fingers are crossed that the sun shines on us for the remainder of the summer.”

Producer David Pugh said: “I am a producer, so I should produce. The idea of playing Educating Rita at the Minack Theatre is not only exciting but also a step towards re-opening all of our theatres.

"I do worry about the rain but when I mentioned this to Willy Russell, he said ‘Don’t worry, I’ll just add a line. Rita can say: There’s a leak in your ceiling, Frank.’”

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'Educating Rita' tells the story of married hairdresser Rita, who enrols on an Open University course to expand her horizons, and her encounters with university tutor Frank.

Frank is a frustrated poet, brilliant academic and dedicated drinker, who is less than enthusiastic about teaching Rita.

However, Frank soon finds that his passion for literature is reignited by Rita, whose technical ability for the subject is limited by her lack of education, but whose enthusiasm Frank finds refreshing.

The two soon realise how much they have to learn from each other.

Stephen Tompkinson and Jessica Johnson said of playing the Minack Theatre: “On March 16, we thought that was it, that we were never to perform in our favourite play ever again.

"Now, we are beyond excited to be doing 'Educating Rita' one more time at the Minack, the stunning open air theatre in Cornwall.”