Last night I found myself both onstage and in the audience at the same time – neat trick if you can do it and I have done… on more than one occasion.
Written after Educating Rita and Blood Brothers, and very much in a similar tone, Shirley Valentine is the feel-good, feel-sad tale of a woman who realises that the best bits of life have passed her by. Here is regret and self-doubt written in the life a 42 year-old woman with grown-up kids – and a husband who uses the fact that he loves her to ignore her.
Jodie Prenger makes a perfect Shirley in this one woman play about rediscovering yourself and regaining a sense of freedom, told in a lively production.
In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the first major revival of this national treasure will embark on a UK tour in 2017. Opening on Thursday 2 March 2016 in Bromley, Shirley Valentine will star much-loved actress Jodie Prenger as Shirley.
My former Northwest Editor at WhatsOnStage.com, Glenn Meads, recently met up with Willy Russell, whose iconic play Educating Rita has “come home” to Liverpool Playhouse this month to celebrate its 35th birthday. The anniversary production of Russell’s two-hander is directed by Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse artistic director Gemma Bodinetz and stars native Liverpudlians Leanne Best […]
There can be scarcely a Chardonnay-drinking woman on the planet who failed to be inspired by the story of Shirley Valentine, a Liverpool housewife whose confidence and personality were so submerged by her marriage until she rediscovered them on holiday in the Greek Islands, fulfilling an ambition to ‘drink a glass of wine in the […]
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