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SHIRLEY VALENTINE

20 Jul – 28 Sep 2024

Shirley Valentine

By Willy Russell

Sally Reid reprises her award-winning ‘outstanding’ performance as Shirley Valentine in Willy Russell’s iconic play.   

Shirley Valentine is a celebration of women, freedom and what it means to find yourself again. We meet Shirley, a bored, middle-aged wife and mother as she contemplates what has happened to her youth. She feels lonely, disenchanted and in a rut. Her children are all grown up and she’s stuck at home with only the kitchen wall to talk to. Shirley dreams of a better life, free from the chains of her domestic boredom and an unappreciative husband.  

When her best friend suggests a trip to Greece, Shirley packs her bags, leaves a note on the cupboard door and heads off for a fortnight of rest and relaxation.  

In Greece, she meets Costas, rediscovers herself, finds happiness and everything she has been missing. She realises that there is more to life than the dull, mundane existence she leads back home. Now, Shirley has a big decision to make. 

Sally Reid received an Outstanding Performance award for her role in Shirley Valentine from the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. 

USEFUL INFORMATION

Venue: Auditorium

Dates: 4 Jul – 28 Sep 2024

Running times: tbc

Recommended Age Guidance: 11+

Access Performances

Audio Description 23 Aug 2pm, 12 Sep 7.30pm. Ask about a Touch Tour

BSL 21 Sep 2pm

Captioned 28 Aug 2pm

Matinee Audience Club: 28 Sep

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Reviews

“Reid has the comic muscle to bring in the big laughs, but also the control to draw us in to Shirley’s most vulnerable secrets. Long before the play’s escapist release, she has turned us into intimates. Her insecurities, almost whispered, are ours. She is devastatingly good.” The Guardian

 

“At its heart, and quite beautifully captured by Sally Reid in an understated but glorious performance, is a timeless quest for the human right to be ourselves, rather than what society demands that we be. And in Shirley Valentine that story is told by a woman of such self-deprecating wit and charisma that no audience can resist her; particularly when she is played by an actress who also perfectly embodies those qualities, and who is rightly cheered to the echo, as Shirley’s story reaches its happy end, and perhaps a new beginning.”  The Scotsman

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

Quintessential Review

“Reid deserves all the flowers – her performance is warm, vulnerable, and completely engaging…a fine actress performing at the top of her game”

 

 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

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“Sally Reid dazzles in this superb adaptation”

 

 

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Mix Up Theatre

“Comedic timing of a genius and the performance of a generation”

 

 

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

All Edinburgh Theatre

“Tour de force”

 

 

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The Guardian

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

Edinburgh Guide 

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

The Scotsman

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

Braw Theatre

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

Broadway World

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

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Creatives

Director Elizabeth Newman

Designer Emily James

Lighting Designer Jeanine Byrne

Composer and Sound Designer Patricia Panther

Cast

Shirley Sally Reid

  • Headshot of Sally Reid - she is wearing a blue jumper and had ginger curly hair.

    Sally Reid

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