Shirley Valentine

No one thought she had the courage, nerve…or lingerie

Victoria Playhouse will present the London and Broadway hit comedy, Shirley Valentine, July 5–23 and September 6–17, bookending their 41st season in Victoria-by-the-Sea. 

“Gone to Greece, back in two weeks.”

Johanna Nutter plays Shirley Valentine
Johanna Nutter plays Shirley Valentine

This seven-word note meets one surprised husband after the frustrated Mrs. Joe Bradshaw decides to accept a friend’s offer of a free trip to Greece. Reduced to talking to the kitchen wall while she prepares her husband’s dinner, the former Shirley Valentine decides to regain some lost ground in this endearing story of a plucky housewife who sets out to rediscover herself, stretch marks and all, on a Greek Island.

The production is directed by Robert Tsonos, with set design by Scott MacConnell, and stars Playhouse veteran and Artistic Director Johanna Nutter, who has finally grown into the role she first played in 2008.

“Shirley’s such a dear, old friend,” says Nutter, “I welcomed the idea to revisit her, now that I have the experience to really understand what a woman at this stage in her life could be going through.” 

Shirley Valentine is a funny and moving piece of theatre by British playwright Willy Russell. Russell is England’s working-class hero, a Liverpool native who dropped out of school at age 15 to become a hairdresser. Shirley Valentine won the 1989 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award for Best Play and Olivier Award for Best Comedy of the Year. 

Visit for tickets, or call the box office at 1-800-925-2025 or Ticketpro at 1-888-311-9090. Preview tickets are available for July 5, 6 and 7.