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Educating Rita & Shirley Valentine to run in rep at Menier?
Posted by Princeton2 2010-02-02 17:05:15


Thats the rumour, the Menier will have both shows in rep.

Educating Rita & Shirley Valentine to run in rep at Menier?
Posted by MamasDoin'Fine 2010-02-02 17:11:34


They haven't learned the lesson that they are not too good with plays. ('Rookery Nook' and 'Talent' got luke warm reviews and audience receptions!) Great choice of plays tho.
Interesting to see who will be cast - its 20 years and more since they were last in London.
I saw Julie Walters doing 'Rita' at the Piccadilly when I didn't know who Julie Walters was!

Only watched the movie of 'Shirley' a few months back- great movie



Transfered from the Donmar Warehouse (the original one) for a long run at the Piccadilly in 1980



Pauline Collins as the original Shirley at the Vaudeville THeatre.
The show returned to the West End twice more after its original run. Paula Wilcox and Hannah Gordon followed.
The play holds a record at the Vaudeville.
When the show opened to the most incredible reviews the box office went crazy. (I was recruited in from the Adelphi next door to help!) By the end of the first week every single seat for its 13 week run was sold out.

Educating Rita & Shirley Valentine to run in rep at Menier?
Posted by alterego 2010-02-02 20:18:35


Paula Wilcox? I remember years ago when Paula Wilcox toured Australia in MY FAT FRIEND hot off the success of Man About The House.

Educating Rita & Shirley Valentine to run in rep at Menier?
Posted by Phantom of London 2010-02-02 20:54:34


Just to clarify these two announced shows will be plays?

Educating Rita & Shirley Valentine to run in rep at Menier?
Posted by Jonwo 2010-02-02 21:27:14


The Menier have done good plays but the only one that got a transfer was Dealer's Choice. I like the idea of Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine in rep, interesting who they cast for both Rita and Shirley. Both are very different plays with Shirley Valentine a one woman play and Educating Rita a two hander.

Educating Rita & Shirley Valentine to run in rep at Menier?
Posted by MamasDoin'Fine 2010-02-03 08:47:33


Yea, POL there are two classic British comedies of the 80s. Both well over due a good West End revival.

I was thinking (dangerous for me I know!) if the casting will be one actress playing both Shirley and Rita?
Interesting if it was, but audiences seeing both could easily get a little confused between the same actress talking to a wall one night and an Oxford don the next!

Educating Rita & Shirley Valentine to run in rep at Menier?
Posted by devonian.t 2010-02-03 09:00:40


I understand Willy Russell has been updating the script for its anniversary. I was nearly involved in a tour last year, but it looks as though he has opted for this route back into town with it. It's still has fantastic heart. (Shirley Valentine doesn't interest me, though).

Educating Rita & Shirley Valentine to run in rep at Menier?
Posted by MamasDoin'Fine 2010-02-03 09:03:27


I love both but my love of 'Shirley Valentine' almost got lost after seeing Ruth Madoc doing it in her native Welsh accent! Not nice!

I'd love a revival of 'Breezeblock Park', I think one of his funniest.


Educating Rita & Shirley Valentine to run in rep at Menier?
Posted by Jonwo 2010-02-03 11:33:42


I would imagine that Shirley and Rita will be played by the same actress. I think if the Menier can pull it off then they could have another West End transfer to go alongside Sweet Charity.


Educating Rita & Shirley Valentine to run in rep at Menier?
Posted by hotjohn 2010-02-06 15:07:14


Rita and Shirley back on stage excites me greatly. I saw "Blood Brothers" last Tuesday night (for the second time in 22 years) and thought how fantastic it would be to see these two Willy Russell plays.