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Shirley Valentine's 30-year Greek odyssey

Shirley Valentine, Belgrade Theatre, June 6-10.

Fasten your seatbelts for a flight of fancy with Shirley Valentine.

Award-winning actress Jodie Prenger will star in Willy Russell’s heart-warming

comedy which is visiting The Belgrade as part of a 30th anniversary tour.

The play follows bored Liverpool housewife Shirley on her Greek adventure for a little bit of what she's always fancied.

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

The stage production took the world by storm when it first premiered in 1986 and went on to be adapted into an Oscar nominated film three years later, starring Pauline Collins and Tom Conti.

Playwright Willy Russell said, “It’s now thirty years since Shirley Valentine first walked onto the page, into my life and the lives of so many others.

"Shirley cooked her first meal of egg and chips on the stage of the Everyman Theatre Liverpool before then hoofing it down to London where along with the cooking and

talking to the wall she started picking up the string of awards.

"Since those early days Shirley has had an incredibly rich and varied life, appearing in many tongues across the globe in countless productions and being performed by many great actresses.”

He added that he knew instantly that Jodie Prenger had the grit and the

warmth, the drive and the vulnerability to make Shirley Valentine really live again.

Prenger is perhaps best known for winning the role of Nancy in the West End production of Oliver! through the BBC television series I’d Do Anything.

Shirley Valentine runs on the Main Stage at the Belgrade Theatre from Tues 6 to Sat 10 June. Tickets are available now priced from £15 by calling the Belgrade Box Office team on 024 7655 3055 or visit

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