Helen Sheals - Shirley Valentine (Stream)

Helen has worked extensively in theatre and television, playing a wide range of roles in many different genres. Recent credits include BRASSED OFF (New Vic Stoke), Judy Garland in JUDY AND LIZA (Royal Court, Liverpool).

MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, TWELFTH NIGHT, Lady Macbeth in MACBETH, THE WARS OF THE ROSES, Goneril in KING LEAR and Mistress Quickly in the MERRY WIVES all for Northern Broadsides; IN THE JUNGLE OF THE CITIES (Arcola),VIEUX CARRE (Charing Cross Theatre), THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE (as Little Voice at Bristol Old Vic and as Mari Hoff at Hull Truck), A TASTE OF HONEY (as Jo at Bristol Old Vic and as Helen at Salisbury Playhouse), ONE NIGHT IN NOVEMBER (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), GUTTED (Tristan Bates), FLARE PATH, MARAT SADE (Bristol Old Vic), Sally Bowles in CABARET (Live Theatre, Newcastle), FOREIGN LANDS (Wolsey, Ipswhich), CONFETTI (Oval House), SATYRICON (Opera Factory) and numerous Shakespeare plays with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Sir Anthony Quayle's Compass Theatre. She played Judy Garland to critical acclaim in JUDY! at The Arts Theatre in London's West End.

Television credits include: CORONATION STREET, DOCTORS, LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX, CASUALITY, HOLBY CITY, SILENT WITNESS, THE BILL, BROOKSIDE, DALZIEL AND PASCOE, WHERE THE HEART IS, FAMILY AFFAIRS, METROSEXUALITY, THE HELLO GIRLS and the recurring character Mrs Wigan in DOWNTOWN ABBEY.

Helen is excited to be performing at The English Theatre of Hamburg for the very first time.

Sharon Facinelli - Shirley Valentine

Sharon Facinelli works in film, theatre and musical productions. Most recently she appeared in the feature film "The Duke" directed by BAFTA award winner Roger Michell (Notting Hill/My Cousin Rachel) and as Rizza in "Pretty Bonnets" directed by Mick Dow (Best Horror Comedy finalist, Horrible Imaginings Festival). She also recently played Ruby in Non-Bio, directed by Emmy and BAFTA Award Winner Simon Smith (National Treasure/Chernobyl) which debuted in Barbican London and in Grand Opera where she performed alongside artists such as Graham Danny. Originally mentored by Val McLane (Auf Wiedersehen Pet/Catherine Cookson) and Kath McCreery (Red Ladder Theatre) she went on to work internationally with Max Raniere, a former member of Grotowski's Poor Theatre and founder of T.A.M. She regularly performs in theatres as part of the Director's Cut Theatre Company and is delighted to be making her Hamburg debut.


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