This funny but moving piece won the award for Best Comedy at the 1988 Laurence Olivier Awards.
It takes the form of a monologue by a 42-year-old Liverpool mother and housewife, Mrs Joe Bradshaw, before and after a transforming holiday to Greece.
Inside Mrs Joe Bradshaw is the former Shirley Valentine longing to emerge. Her self-esteem battered by school, marriage and life in general, she finds herself talking to the wall while her husband is out working.
She feels that her life is terribly mundane as she compares scenes in her current life with what she used to be like.
When her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley grasps the opportunity to head for the sun and leave her current drudgery behind.
The note in the kitchen reads “Gone to Greece, back in two weeks”.
With much humour, warmth, sympathy and human insight, Willy Russell brilliantly shows Shirley breaking out of the mould in which she was cast by society.
- Friday 16 June 2017, 8pm
- Saturday 17 June 2017, 2pm and 8pm