Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me, The Kumars at Number 42) stars in the first major London revival of Willy Russell’s SHIRLEY VALENTINE following its sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
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 wins an all-expenses-paid vacation 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)
Shirley Valentine will run at Trafalgar Studios from 20 July to 30 October 2010.