Shirley Valentine (West End)
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Shirley Valentine (West End)
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Shirley Valentine (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

90%
(60 Ratings)
Positive
97%
Mixed
2%
Negative
1%
Members say
Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

About the Show

Sheridan Smith stars in Willy Russell's one-woman play about a working-class housewife rediscovering herself.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (60)

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67 Reviews | 0 Followers
100
Profound, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like Sheridan Smith and want to see her perform another fantastic role.

Don't see it if You like something darker, or you’re not interested in kitchen sink drama.

98 Reviews | 4 Followers
94
Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You like a story that is both touching and amusing. Sheridan kills in this performance

Don't see it if Monologue or plays in general as some let’s feel clunky but overall a great story

Nic
561 Reviews | 99 Followers
88
Relatable, Refreshing, Delightful, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you’d enjoy an absolutely sublime performance by Sheridan Smith as the title character.

Don't see it if you hate appealing one-woman shows.

176 Reviews | 11 Followers
85
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Dated, Delightful

See it if A masterful performance from Sheridan Smith

Don't see it if Dated play

184 Reviews | 30 Followers
80
Refreshing, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You love a laugh but heartfelt play

Don't see it if you don't like one handers

161 Reviews | 28 Followers
80
Entertaining, Funny, Dated, Delightful

See it if you want to see a fairly dated comedy that's carried by the effortless wit and charm of Sheridan Smith.

Don't see it if you're looking for something a little more cutting edge or you don't like shows that essentially amount to being monologues. Read more

99 Reviews | 8 Followers
80
Great acting, Funny, Enchanting

See it if Quite a long first half set up does eventually pay off for a delightful second part. Sheridan Smith shows her star quality again.

Don't see it if It's a bit dated and some of the jokes are lame.

446 Reviews | 81 Followers
78
Pleasant

See it if you LOVE Smith.

Don't see it if you're under 40 and don't know who Sheridan Smith is. Read more

Critic Reviews (13)

BroadwayWorld
March 2nd, 2023

"It would be easy to dismiss this play as old fashioned and sentimental, but that would be to ignore the genuine heart within the play: it is the warmth of Smith that grabs you and stays with you long after you leave the theatre."
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The London Evening Standard
March 2nd, 2023

“Here’s a perfect match between a star and a comfy but creaky star vehicle. Sheridan Smith has great warmth, impeccable timing and a rare ability to connect with an audience as an equal.”
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Time Out London
March 2nd, 2023

“This is an expert revival, blessed with a true star performance, alive to every aspect of ‘Shirley Valentine’, from its big heart to its troubled soul.”
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The Guardian (UK)
March 2nd, 2023

“Like Russell’s play Educating Rita, this is a work we know better through film, but Smith brings its heart and soul back to the theatre.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
March 2nd, 2023

“On the evidence of the performance I saw, which prompted a standing ovation, a star has been reborn. If we loved Smith before, we’re going to fall in love with her all over again.”
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The Times (UK)
March 2nd, 2023

“If I had to choose between spending a couple of hours with ‘Shirley’ or with her grander rivals, I’d happily opt for her homespun kitchen wisdom.”
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WhatsOnStage
March 1st, 2023

“It is comic and hopeful and, in Smith’s gloriously vulnerable hands, sure to be a hit all over again.”
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The Arts Desk
March 9th, 2023

“[The] ability to connect instantly and deeply with an audience ... pays remarkable dividends, overriding the hoary sections of the text and honoring the rest with a dignity ‘Shirley’ herself deserves.”
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