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26 July 2017 - Shirley Valentine - Malvern Theatre

Shirley Valentine

Willy Russell's heart-warming one-woman comedy play premiered in 1986 and took the theatrical world by storm. Now on its 30th anniversary, Jodie Prenger (Calamity Jane, One Man Two Guv'nors) stars in the first major revival of this national treasure.

Shirley is a Liverpudlian housewife, her kids have left home and she makes chips and egg for her husband while she talks to the wall. Where has her life disappeared to? Out of the blue her best friend offers her a trip to Greece for two weeks and she secretly packs her bags. She heads for the sun and starts to see the world and herself very differently. "I was no longer Shirley the neighbour, Shirley the middle-aged mother, Shirley Bradshaw. I had become Shirley the Sensational, Shirley the Brave, Shirley Valentine."