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Shirley Valentine – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer:  Dave Smith Willy Russell’s ever-popular Shirley Valentine, first seen at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre in 1986, has been given a long overdue and high-profile revival in the form of a major national tour. Original director Glen Walford is again in charge, with Jodie Prenger given the difficult task of carrying the whole thing ...

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Shirley Valentine – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Willy Russell’s one-woman play, Shirley Valentine, is enjoying a revival tour, 30 years after its first performance.  Despite being written and set in the 1980s, however, Russell’s monologue is still relevant today. Jodie Prenger plays the 42-year-old housewife from Liverpool who is trapped in a monotonous marriage with only “wall” to keep ...

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Shirley Valentine – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Willy Russell’s track record of successfully writing about ordinary women is almost unparalleled in popular theatre: Educating Rita, Blood Brothers and this, his 1986 effort Shirley Valentine, have repeatedly touched the hearts of the nation in both stage and film versions. Shirley Bradshaw (Jodie Prenger) is 42, with two teenage kids ...

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Shirley Valentine – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Janet Jepson It is a tribute to the writer Willy Russell that the phrase “doing a Shirley Valentine” has captivated the imagination of almost every middle-aged woman on the planet. Who doesn’t dream of escaping the drudgery of everyday life with a long-term husband who barely notices you’re there, and grown-up kids who ...

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NEWS: Elaine C. Smith comes home to Glasgow’s King’s Theatre pantomime

By FRASER MACDONALD First Lady of Scottish pantomime Elaine C. Smith returns to the King’s Theatre in Glasgow this Christmas to star in Sleeping Beauty. Smith, a firm panto favourite, returns to the King’s stage for the first time since 2004 where she played the title role in Mother Goose. Her first appearance at the King’s pantomime was in 1996 ...

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Shirley Valentine – Milton Keynes Theatre

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer:  Maggie Constable Wow…The 30th anniversary of Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine already and how times have changed for many women. Russell is well known for his portrayal of very real, feisty female characters and our eponymous heroine is no exception. She joins us in Milton Keynes this week. Shirley Bradshaw lives a happy if ...

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Shirley Valentine – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer:  John Kennedy Beginning a week’s residency, tonight's opening show is part of a six-leg UK 30th anniversary revival tour, first premiered in 1986. Russell's bitter/sweet comedy of self-discovery by the put upon wallflower, Shirley Valentine, later became an Oscar nomination hit in 1989 with the screenplay adaptation also by Russell. Inevitably it is against the ...

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