“A Holiday Is As Good As A Change”
Emotional when she wonders what happened to the carefree Shirley Valentine of her youth,
Terrified of what might happen to her if she left her husband,
and Philosophical when she contemplates how her old self “got lost in this unused life”
Metro is pleased to present these two versions of the romantic comedy Shirley Valentine, written by Willy Russell and directed by Alison Schamberger. On stage January 13 – 29, 2023. The show is double cast, in light of these actors unique skills, and the Covid variants sweeping through our world! Two wonderful actresses playing the part of Shirley Valentine – Jill Raymond and Tamara Prescott, sharing performances on alternate nights. (Their performance schedule is on the Shirley Valentine Show Page and available as you select your tickets online.) This is live theatre at it best. Alison worked separately and independently with each of these two stars, to bring forward their unique talents, to strengthen the performance you experience. The impact of each is a stirring and unique version of this classic play.
Shirley’s routine was typical of an English working-class wife, no job, few friends, not much money, kids who have flown the nest, and a husband who is in an even deeper rut of his own. It’s a relatable tale of no one believing Shirley could make anything of herself. When Shirley is invited on a trip to Greece for more than two weeks in the sun, it’s a chance to do something deliciously daring. She ditches her apron, buys a bikini, and reclaims abandoned dreams.