Stage Spy: Sheridan Smith on tour with Shirley Valentine?

Rumours are hitting theatreland that Sheridan Smith may be taking her Shirley Valentine one-woman powerhouse play on a UK tour.

The show has done great business at the Duke of York’s Theatre on St Martin’s Lane in the West End, with the stage and screen star giving the performance of her life in Willy Russell’s classic comedy.

The Sun is reporting that Sheridan could get up to half a million pounds for a UK tour, produced by David Pugh.

He told the The Sun on Sunday this weekend that: “I want to bring Shirley to the people, but only if it’s Sheridan. She is perfect in every way. Sheridan has been inundated with film and TV offers because of the success of Shirley. Her agent is on holiday but I think they’re going to have a look at all these wonderful offers. But if we could take Sheridan as Shirley around the country I would love to. There hasn’t been an empty seat yet. Sheridan hasn’t missed a laugh.”

Apparently early discussions are underway with regional theatres, to see if a big UK tour would be viable. It also needs to dovetail with Sheridan’s filming committments.

The play has scored incredible reviews from the London theatre critics, including five-star reviews from The FT, Independent, Sunday Times and Daily Mail.

Shirley Valentine is running at the Duke of York’s Theatre until 3 June 2023.

A very limited number of tickets are still on sale for the show – with best availability on selected dates in May.

Shirley Valentine tickets at the Duke of York’s Theatre

📷 Main photo: Sheridan Smith in Shirley Valentine. Photo by Helen Murray

Shirley Valentine

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