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Alone in Berlin (12A)

July 14th - July 20th
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The Play That Goes Wrong

July 17th - July 22nd
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The Scarecrows’ Wedding

July 19th - July 22nd
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Despicable Me 3 (U)

July 21st - July 27th

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Shirley Valentine

July 24th - July 29th

 

“Why……why do y’ get…….all this life, when it can’t be used? Why……why do y’ get……all these….feelin’s an’ dreams an’ hopes if they can’t ever be used?”

Willy Russell’s heart-warming one-woman comedy play premiered in 1986 and took the world by storm. Now, on its 30th anniversary, Jodie Prenger (Calamity Jane; One Man, Two Guvnors) stars in the first major revival of this national treasure.

Shirley is a Liverpudlian housewife. Her kids have left home and she makes chips and egg for her husband while talking to the wall. Where has her life disappeared to?

Out of the blue, her best friend offers her a trip to Greece for two weeks and she secretly packs her bags. She heads for the sun and starts to see the world and herself very differently.

“I was no longer Shirley the neighbour, Shirley the middle-aged mother, Shirley Bradshaw. I had become Shirley the Sensational, Shirley the Brave, Shirley Valentine.”

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“The funniest and most heart-warming play.” Daily Mirror

★★★★★ “Behind all the laughs, and there are plenty, there is a brilliantly crafted, moving, very human play.” Behind the Arras

“Jodie Prenger’s engagement with the audience is second to none” London News Online

“Jodie Prenger brings Shirley to life with her own unique brilliance. Shirley Valentine is charming, hysterical and truly heart-warming and this 30th Anniversary tour is a triumph.” Theatress.com

“It is a joy to re-encounter Shirley Valentine. As our Milandra would put it: mega-brill; double fab” Daily Telegraph

“At the end I looked at my mum and she had tears in her eyes. Every mum of a certain age in that audience thought it had been written about her.” The Guardian

“Winningly captivating.” The Independent

“And with Russell’s free-flowing humour what she says is utterly compelling – like overhearing a fascinating conversation on the top of a bus.” The Stage

“The play is at times funny, at others desolatingly sad, and at the end it emerges as a moving celebration of the independence of the human spirit.” The Telegraph

“It’s a wonderful, thought provoking play that is so much more than just a comedy” JugglingOnRollerSkates.com

Suitable for 14+
Ticket price includes  a £1 contribution to our heritage fund.

Details

Start:
July 24th
End:
July 29th
Event Categories:
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Venue

Festival Theatre
Grange Rd
Malvern, WR14 3HB United Kingdom
Phone:
01684 892277

Other

Price:
£17.36-£31.92 (including 12% booking fee)
Show Times:
Evenings at 7.30pm
Wed and Sat matinees at 2.30pm

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