DECEMBER 2022 | Volume 222


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Shirley Valentine
by Willy Russell
Metro Theatre, 1370 SW Marine Dr.
Jan. 13-29
$34.50/$31.50 or 604-266-7191

Metro Theatre Vancouver is pleased to present the lovely romantic comedy Shirley Valentine, written by Willy Russell and directed by Alison Schamberger. The play follows Shirley, a middle-aged woman in England, as she juggles the traditional gender roles of her childhood with the new freedoms and choices that women have today. On stage January 13 – 29, 2023.

Shirley is a smart, sensitive, capable woman who has all of those facets ignored in her day-to-day life, finding herself lonely in a marriage that’s long gone off the romantic boil, with no job and kids who have grown up and gone. A friend offering to pay for a trip to Greece gives her an opportunity to make an out-of-character decision to temporarily ignore her responsibilities and provide herself with some much-needed and long-neglected self-care. There’s a lively girl who was Miss Valentine before she became Mrs Bradshaw to be reclaimed!

Shirley reveals her innermost thoughts to the audience in a part that has about 16,000 words – more than even Hamlet. Whether confiding in her kitchen wall in Liverpool or addressing a rock on the beach in Greece, her uninhibited monologue is an ongoing delight in its honest spontaneity.

This play explores the wonderful possibilities that are opened up by travel. No amount of virtual reality can substitute for the real experience of eating baklava in a tiny Greek café or dipping your feet in the warm Aegean Sea.” -- Alison Schamberger, Director.

The show is double cast, in light of the Covid variants sweeping through our world! We have two wonderful actresses playing the part of Shirley Valentine – Jill Raymond and Tamara Prescott, who will be sharing the performances. Shirley Valentine is directed by Alison Schamberger, with Christie Miller as assistant director, production management by Joan Koebel, and stage managed by Heather Webster. Photo credit to Tracy-Lynn Chernaske.

Tickets:  $31.50 Senior/Student or $34.50 Adult (plus GST) can be reserved by calling
the Box Office 604-266-7191 or Purchase Tickets

Warnings: Some coarse language and explicit sexual references.

Evening Performances at 8 pm:
January 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
Matinee Performances at 2 pm:
January 15, 22, 29
All current COVID-19 protocols practiced

Jan 13 – 29, 2023
Director’s Talk is Friday Jan 20, 2023 – immediately following the performance
The Preview is on Friday Jan 13, 2023 – it is the final dress rehearsal.
Running Time: approx 1 Hour 45 minutes  including intermission.

(Double Cast – Sharing Performances)

Shirley Valentine: Jill Raymond
Shirley Valentine: Tamara Prescott

The Production Team
Director: Alison Schamberger
Assistant Director: Christie Miller
Production Manager: Joan Koebel
Stage Manager: Heather Webster
Props/ASM: Allison Kendall
Set Design: Warren Johnson
Costume Design: Christine Egerton-Ball
Lighting Design: Les Erskine
Sound Designer: Roger Monk
Set Dec: Daisy Fung
Set Painting: Emily Dotson
Technical Director: Les Erskine
Assistant TD: Alex Ross
General Manager: Les Erskine
Head Carpenter: Robin Richardson
Publicity: Debra Danny
Graphic Design: Barbara LaBounta
Costume Liaison: Claire Turner
Box Office/FOH: Heather Stewart



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