Sheridan Smith to return to the West End in new production of Willy Russell’s ‘SHIRLEY VALENTINE’

Sheridan Smith will return to the West End stage in a new production of Willy Russell‘s classic comedy, SHIRLEY VALENTINE, which will play at 12-week run at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre from Friday 17 February 2023.

The production is directed by Matthew Dunster and produced by David Pugh.


David Pugh, the five-time Olivier Award winning and Two-time Tony Award winning Producer said: 

“Back in 1986 I was lucky enough to see the first ever production of Shirley Valentine in Liverpool. I have begged Willy to one day let me produce a revival of Shirley Valentine when the casting was right. That day is now and both Willy and I believe that Sheridan Smith is the perfect Shirley Valentine.”


Shirley Valentine is the joyous, life-affirming story of the woman who got lost in marriage and motherhood, the woman who wound up talking to the kitchen wall whilst cooking her husband’s chips and egg. But Shirley still has a secret dream. And in her bag, an airline ticket. One day she may just leave a note, saying: ‘Gone!  Gone to Greece.’


Sheridan Smith said: 

“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!”


SHIRLEY VALENTINE is written by Willy Russell, directed by Matthew Dunster, designed by Paul Wills, with lighting design by Lucy Carter, sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph and is produced by David Pugh. 

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