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Shirley Valentine

Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1f

Shirley Valentine
by Willy Russell

The heroine in this actor's tour-de-force is an ordinary middle class English housewife. As she prepares chips and egg for dinner, she ruminates on her life and tells the wall about her husband, her children, her past, and an invitation from a girlfriend to join her on holiday in Greece to search for romance and adventure.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1f
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Suggested Use
    Suggested Use
    • Monologues
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult
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The heroine in this actor's tour-de-force is an ordinary middle class English housewife. As she prepares chips and egg for dinner, she ruminates on her life and tells the wall about her husband, her children, her past, and an invitation from a girlfriend to join her on holiday in Greece to search for romance and adventure. Ultimately, Shirley does escape to Greece, has an "adventure" with a local fisherman and decides to stay. This hilariously engaging play was a hit in London and New York, performed by Pauline Collins, who later recreated her role on film garnering an Oscar nomination.
Cast Attributes
  • All Female
F1 (42)
  • Time Period Contemporary, 1990s, 1980s
  • Setting A Kitchen, a beach.
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)

Media

"In this play [Mr Russell] touches English audiences directly in a way that no other playwright has done since the early John Osborne ... brilliantly funny ..." - The Times

"Absolutely smashing." - The New York Post
"A joyful, captivating piece of theatre." - The New York Daily News
"A thrilling, cheer raising piece of theatre." - The Financial Times

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Willy Russell

Willy Russell’s career spans more than four decades; born in Liverpool in 1947, he left school at 15 and became a women’s hairdresser and part-time singer/songwriter performing on the local folk scene before returning to education and becoming a teacher.

Whilst at St Katharine ...

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