Shirley is a Liverpool housewife. Her kids have left home and she makes chips and egg for her husband while talking to the wall. Where has her life disappeared to? Out of the blue, her best friend offers her a trip to Greece for 2 weeks and she secretly packs her bags. She heads for the sun and starts to see the world and herself very differently.

Willy Russell’s heart-warming comedy premiered in 1986 and took the world by storm. It was adapted into an Oscar nominated film. Now, on its 30th anniversary, Jodie Prenger stars in the first major revival of this national treasure.

Suitable for 14+

  • Monday to Thursday Evenings £22 to £27
  • Friday & Saturday Evenings £24 to £29
  • Matinees: £25
  • Friend of The Grand £5 off (Opening Night)
  • Under 26s £12.50 (first 50 tickets, weekdays only; subject to availability)
  • Group 10+ £4 off
  • Group 50+ £5 off
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    What the critics say


    “The play is at times funny, at others desolatingly sad, and at the end it emerges as a moving celebration of the independence of the human spirit.”

    “Russell’s free-flowing humour what she says is utterly compelling – like over hearing a fascinating conversation on the top of a bus.”

    “A masterly monologue of distilled compassion, hugely entertaining, and enormously successful. Most, if not quite all, human life is here in this witty, chatty, stream-of-consciousness, touched with tragedy and moved by hope, faith, and love.”