The West End revival of Willy Russell’s classic one-woman comedy will now play 15-weeks from 17 February 2023 until 3 June 2023, adding 3-weeks with 8 performances a week.
Shirley Valentine is a comedy about a middle-aged, working-class housewife from Liverpool who dreams of another more exciting life, and gets it when she goes on holiday to Greece. The revival will have a new feminist twist, but will still be true to Willy Russell’s original play.
Producer David Pugh said: “Both Sheridan and Shirley seem to have been taken into people’s hearts, and whereas we might not be playing arenas like Peter Kay, but, like him, we are keeping seat prices down due to the cost of living with reduced price previews and no booking fees, allowing theatre to again be completely accessible to more people.”
Sheridan Smith said, “I am so chuffed by the response that I’m playing Shirley Valentine in the West End. You guys are incredible, and the demand has been so much that I’ve decided to extend for an extra three weeks. So, come and see me as Shirley Valentine at the Duke of York’s Theatre. See you there!”
Video: Sheridan Smith announcing 3-week extension
Sheridan’s recent TV projects have included a TV adaptation of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny Strikes Again, also starring Walliams; and Rosie Molloy Gives Up Everything for Sky.
Sheridan Smith was last on stage in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium in 2019 playing the Narrator, and prior to that in Funny Girl at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre. Other stage roles include Michael Grandage’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2013 at the Noël Coward Theatre, and Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic in 2012. She has won two Olivier Awards – for Legally Blonde and Flare Path.
Director Matthew Dunster is a three-time Olivier Award nominated director whose most recent work has included Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen on Broadway, and 2.22 A Ghost Story at the Criterion Theatre, and moving to the Lyric starring Cheryl in January.