Shirley Valentine

Shirley Valentine

At Trafalgar Studio One

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Meet Shirley: a middle-aged Liverpudlian housewife who talks to the wall whilst preparing her husband's egg and chips. She's in a rut. What has happened to her life? When her best friend Jane pays for a holiday for two to Greece, she packs her bags, heads for the sun and starts to see the world and herself rather differently.

Commissioned by the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, Willy Russell's Shirley Valentine premiered in 1986 directed by Glen Walford. In 1988, under the direction of Simon Callow, it opened in the West End, wining the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, and starring Pauline Collins, who went on to play Shirley on Broadway (winning a Tony Award) and in the 1988 film (winning a BAFTA Award and Oscar nomination).

Starring Meera Syal in 'London's Best Comic Performance' (Time Out).


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Venue information

Trafalgar Studio One
14 Whitehall

Performance info

Evening performance
Monday to Saturday 7.30pm

Thursday and Saturday 3.30pm

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(5mins) Head left on the main road Strand. Follow Trafalgar Square around onto Whitehall and the theatre’s on your right.

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