Shirley Valentine Comes To Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is delighted to announce its first production of 2020, Willy Russell’s heart-warming comedy, Shirley Valentine, a delightful one-woman play exploring the hilarious musings of the lovable Shirley, brought to life by Keddy Sutton (Fri 31 Jan – Sat 15 Feb).

“Sex is like supermarket shopping – overrated. It’s just a load of pushin’ an’ shovin’ and you still come out with very little in the end.”

Shirley Valentine’s life and marriage is as exciting as the chips and egg she cooks for her ungrateful husband. She wonders what happened to the young Shirley who wanted to travel the world but married a man who gets jet lag going to the Isle of Man – on a ferry! A free holiday to Greece with her best friend Jane re-awakens the lost desires of her youth and she starts to see the world very differently.

Shirley Valentine is a one-character comic play written by Willy Russell who also wrote Blood Brothers, Educating Rita and Our Day Out. Commissioned by the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool the play premiered in 1986 with Noreen Kershaw in the title role; other productions have starred Pauline Collins, Meera Syal and Jodie Prenger.

In this new Theatre Royal production, Keddy Sutton stars as Shirley. Keddy is an actress, comedienne, singer and voice-over artist. She has appeared on TV in Good Cop for BBC, and has starred in many major theatre productions including The Scouse Cinderella, A Clockwork Orange, Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof and Willy Russell’s Stags n Hens. She also appears regularly on the comedy circuit as part of comedy duo Caz and Britney.

Shirley Valentine will be directed by Marcus Romer, with set design by Alana Ashley, lighting design by Arnim Friess and Costumes by Heidi McEvoy-Swift. This production is generously supported by Ridley Godfrey Foundation.

Shirley Valentine has seventeen performances at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, from Fri 31 Jan – Sat 15 Feb, including an Audio Described and Captioned performance on Sat 15 Feb at 3pm, with a Touch Tour starting at 2pm. Tickets are on sale via the Box Office, call 01284 769505, book online at or visit the theatre in person.