Sheridan Smith to star in Willy Russell’s ‘Shirley Valentine’ in the West End

The one-woman play runs at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The Olivier Award-winning actress Sheridan Smith will return to the West End to star in Shirley Valentine. Shirley Valentine is at the Duke of York’s Theatre for 15 weeks, with performances from 17 February to 3 June.

Willy Russell’s one-woman play Shirley Valentine follows the title character, a Liverpudlian housewife, as she breaks out of her rut by fulfilling a secret dream and travelling to Greece. While in Greece, Shirley rediscovers everything about herself and starts a new, self-confident life.

“As a mum now myself I’m delighted to be playing theatre’s best-loved mum and I am honoured to be entrusted by Willy Russell to bring his Shirley to life once again in the West End. Now, to practice cooking chips and egg!,” said Smith.

Matthew Dunster directs Shirley Valentine. The show features design by Paul Wills, lighting design by Lucy Carter, and sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph.

Who is Sheridan Smith?

Sheridan Smith will play Shirley Valentine. The Olivier Award-winning actress won her awards for Legally Blonde and Flare Path. She’s also played Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, and the Narrator in Joseph at the London Palladium.

Shirley Valentine is at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

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Photo credit: Sheridan Smith (Photo courtesy of production)

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