The Show & Performances
Show Page: Shirley Valentine
‘Most of us die..long before we’re dead.
what kills us is the terrible weight of all this unused life that we carry around’
Metro Theatre Vancouver is pleased to present the lovely romantic comedy Shirley Valentine, written by Willy Russell and directed by Alison Schamberger. The play follows Shirley, a middle-aged woman in England, as she juggles the traditional gender roles of her childhood with the new freedoms and choices that women have today. On stage January 13 – 29, 2023.
Shirley is a smart, sensitive, capable woman who has all of those facets ignored in her day-to-day life, finding herself lonely in a marriage that’s long gone off the romantic boil, with no job and kids who have grown up and gone. A friend offering to pay for a trip to Greece gives her an opportunity to make an out of character decision to temporarily ignore her responsibilities and provide herself with some much-needed and long-neglected self-care. There’s a lively girl who was Miss Valentine before she became Mrs Bradshaw to be reclaimed!
Shirley reveals her innermost thoughts to the audience in a part that has about 16,000 words – more than even Hamlet. Whether confiding in her kitchen wall in Liverpool or addressing a rock on the beach in Greece, her uninhibited monologue is an ongoing delight in its honest spontaneity.
“This play explores the wonderful possibilities that are opened up by travel. No amount of virtual reality can substitute for the real experience of eating baklava in a tiny Greek café or dipping your feet in the warm Aegean Sea. “ Alison Schamberger, Director.
The show is double cast, in light of the Covid variants sweeping through our world! We have two wonderful actresses playing the part of Shirley Valentine – Jill Raymond and Tamara Prescott, who will be sharing the performances. Shirley Valentine is directed by Alison Schamberger, with Christie Miller as assistant director, production management by Joan Koebel, and stage managed by Heather Webster. Photo credit to Tracy-Lynn Chernaske.
Tickets: $31.50 Senior/Student or $34.50 Adult (plus GST) can be reserved by calling
the Box Office 604 266 7191 or Purchase Tickets
SHIRLEY VALENTINE Performer’s Schedule
Preview, Friday, January 13 – Tamara
Opening, Saturday, January 14 – Jill
Sunday, January 15 – Tamara
Thursday, January 19 – Tamara
Friday, January 20 – Jill
Saturday, January 21 – Tamara
Sunday, January 22 – Jill
Thursday, January 26 – Jill
Friday, January 27 – Tamara
Saturday, January 28 – Jill
Sunday, January 29 – Tamara
Warnings: Some coarse language and explicit sexual references