2020-2021 2020-2021


12 November 2020 - 30 January 2021

A smash hit in London (1988) and in New York (1990), this witty and heart-warming comedy was later made into a popular film starring Pauline Collins and Tom Conti. Shirley Valentine is a lonely,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        42 year old housewife. Her two children are grown up and gone.  Since she and her husband seldom talk anymore, she talks to herself, well, actually to the kitchen wall. As she cooks chips and eggs for supper, she wonders when her life stopped being good and tries to remember when the vibrant, carefree girl called Shirley Valentine disappeared.  When a friend invites her to accompany her on a holiday in the sun, she feels guilty about leaving her husband and is frightened of living life beyond the wall. She decides, however, to pack her bags and discover once again the true Shirley Valentine. She leaves a note on the kitchen table that reads, „Gone to Greece. Be back in two weeks.“ But will she ever return? In this one woman show, Shirley takes on the persons and voices of her husband, children, and friend, as well as the Greek tavern owner who tries to seduce her.

"…it’s impossible not to be enchanted and moved." 
Limelight Magazine


Helen Sheals - Shirley Valentine


The English Theatre of Hamburg e.V. is a private, professional theatre, the first to be founded in the whole of Germany.

It is subsidized in part by the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and is a non-profit organization and a member of the Deutscher Bühnenverein. Enjoy one of our evening or daytime performances of an English language play. Our international audience includes students of English as well as native speakers.

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