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Theatre REVIEW: Shirley Valentine - ★★★★★

The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh presents the Pitlochry Festival Theatre production of 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.



Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh - until 29th June


Sarah - ★★★★★

"Shirley Valentine at the Lyceum is one of the best things I've seen in a long time.

Sally Reid held the audience in such an incredible way and gave the character and script the care, strength and vulnerability that women all have.

Comedic timing of a genius and the performance of a generation.

A well loved classic for a reason and a story that still as true and impactful today as it was (I imagine) in the '80s!"


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