Directed by Glen Walford and starring Jodie Prenger, this new production of Willy Russell’s classic story will celebrate the play’s 30th anniversary.
Opening on the 2nd March 2017 at Bromley Churchill Theatre, this new UK tour will also visit:Birmingham Alexandra Theatre, New Victoria Theatre, Richmond Theatre, Milton Keynes Theatre, Leeds Grand Theatre and Bath, Theatre Royal, continuing to tour until the 29th July – with further dates to be announced.
Talking about the news of the revival, playwright Willy Russell said: “The one thing Shirley Valentine has not done of late is extensively tour the UK. There have been approaches and plans mooted but, somehow, it’s just never quite felt right and so I’ve resisted such efforts – until now! And what has made the difference? When producer Adam Spiegel introduced me to Jodie Prenger I knew in an instant that here was a formidable actress, one who possessed the grit and the warmth, the drive and the vulnerability, the energy and the heart to make Shirley Valentine really live again. How could any playwright resist that or deny the whole of the UK the chance to see Jodie bring Shirley to life? ”
Willy Russell’s career has spanned over four decades and during that time he has created plays such as Educating Rita, Blood Brothers, Our Day Out and Shirley Valentine and has become one of the most successful playwrights of his generation.
Shirley Valentine was transformed for the big screen in 1989, starring Pauline Collins and Tom Conti. It went on to be nominated for two Academy Awards including Best Actress for Pauline Collins.
Jodie Prenger is best known for winning the role of Nancy in the West End production of Oliver! through the BBC television series I’d Do Anything. Her recent stage credits include Tell Me on a Sunday, Annie and Calamity Jane.