BEST friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his children. 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 Rita, Sue and Bob Too, was written for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when she was just 19, and is a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an unpromising future, both hungry for adult adventure.

Celebrated for its wickedly funny dialogue and startling insight, Rita, Sue and Bob Too became a hugely popular 1980s film. Now, a leading cast including James Atherton (Hollyoaks, Coronaton Street) and Taj Atwal (BBC1’s In The Club; Sky 1’s Stella; East is East in the West End) reclaim this masterpiece for the stage.

It will be performed at York Theatre Royal from Tuesday, November 14, to Saturday, November 18, prior to it opening at London’s Royal Court Theatre.

Tickets are £30 to £14, with concessions available. To book, phone the box office on 01904 623568 or go to