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Shirley Valentine sparkles at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds




Shirley Valentine at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds sparkles like a satisfying glass of sunkissed wine.

The one-woman show, about a free-spirited Liverpudlian housewife suffocated by domesticity and longing to reclaim her identity with a fortnight's holiday to Greece, first enchanted audiences more than 30 years ago.

And the thoroughly human story has lost non of its power and charm.

Keddy Sutton as Shirley Valentine. Picture by Aaron Weight
Keddy Sutton as Shirley Valentine. Picture by Aaron Weight

The production is a dazzling showcase for the superb Keddy Sutton, who delivers a memorable performance that embodies Shirley's strength, individuality and vulnerability.

Heartwarming, laugh out loud funny and touching, Keddy dominates the stage as she monologues the portrait of a woman who is lost but desperate to recapture some life.

The play is also a fitting tribute to the Theatre Royal's chief executive and artistic director Karen Simpson, who sadly passed away at the start of the year.

She spoke often about bringing Shirley to the venue and it is all the more poignant as Karen gave Keddy her first acting role in 1995.

Shirley Valentine runs until February 15.

For tickets, visit www.theatreroyal.org/shows/shirley-valentine


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