SHIRLEY VALENTINE – A Comedy by Willy Russell

12 November 2020 – 19 June 2021

A smash hit in London (1988) and in New York (1990), this witty and heart-warming comedy was later made into a popular film starring Pauline Collins and Tom Conti. Shirley Valentine is a lonely, 42 year old housewife. Her two children are grown up and gone.  Since she and her husband seldom talk anymore, she talks to herself, well, actually to the kitchen wall. As she cooks chips and eggs for supper, she wonders when her life stopped being good and tries to remember when the vibrant, carefree girl called Shirley Valentine disappeared.  When a friend invites her to accompany her on a holiday in the sun, she feels guilty about leaving her husband and is frightened of living life beyond the wall. She decides, however, to pack her bags and discover once again the true Shirley Valentine. She leaves a note on the kitchen table that reads, „Gone to Greece. Be back in two weeks.“ But will she ever return? In this one woman show, Shirley takes on the persons and voices of her husband, children, and friend, as well as the Greek tavern owner who tries to seduce her.

“…it’s impossible not to be enchanted and moved.”
– Limelight Magazine

The English Theatre of Hamburg: SHIRLEY VALENTINE 2020/21