Rita was in her element when Topol came to seder

A MANCHESTER woman who appeared in Coronation Street and starred in numerous theatre productions, television series and TV adverts died on Monday.

Rita Noar, 93, was a mainstay of the Jewish Theatre Group — now known as the Jewish Theatre Company — and regularly played the lead roles in its productions, including in Hello, Dolly!

“She was always smiling, laughing and joking,” daughter Amanda told the Jewish Telegraph. “Dad was the same, and was also known for his dry sense of humour.

“I remember us driving in the car somewhere and mum and dad singing duets.”

Rita was raised in Cheetham Hill, the daughter of Esther and Hymie Freeman.

Passionate about the arts and theatre from an early age, she was involved with the Jewish Theatre Group from its inception, playing Golda in its first production Fiddler on the Roof and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls.

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