|Meera Syal as Shirley Valentine|
Menier Rita & Shirley Transfer to Trafalgar in July
Date: 18 May 2010
The Menier Chocolate Factory revivals of Willy Russell's Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine will transfer to Trafalgar Studios 1 on 26 July 2010 (previews from 8 July), for a limited 16-week run.
Tim Pigott-Smith (recently seen in Enron) will replace Larry Lamb opposite Laura Dos Santos in Educating Rita, while Meera Syal will reprise her role in Shirley Valentine.
The revivals, which finished at the Chocolate Factory earlier this month, coincide with the 30th anniversary of Educating Rita, the two-hander that centres on an under-privileged hairdresser who goes to University and develops a special relationship with her tutor. Originally commissioned by the RSC in 1980, it was made into film, starring Julie Walters and Michael Caine, in 1983.
Shirley Valentine (1986) covers similar thematic territory, comprising a monologue delivered by a bored middle-aged Liverpool housewife who seeks escape and adventure abroad. It also successfully made the transition to the big screen, in 1989, starring Pauline Collins in the title role.
Educating Rita is directed by Jeremy Sams, while Shirley Valentine is directed by Glen Walford, who commissioned and directed the original 1986 Liverpool Everyman production. Both have designs by Peter McKintosh, lighting by Paul Anderson and sound by David Ogilvy.
The Willy Russell Season will be presented in the West End by David Babani for Chocolate Factory Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions, Tanya Link, Bob Bartner and Bob Boyett.
Currently at Trafalgar Studios, Australian import Holding the Man, which features Kath and Kim star Jane Turner, continues to 3 July.
- by Theo Bosanquet
|Good for Menier once again for another transfer and saw both of these at the menier choc factory and thought they were great. Glad Meera and laura are still in as they were both superb. I thought Larry lamb was Ok but a bit weak in the role, so home Tim will be stronger. Well done and Good luck with the run which I am sure will be another success for Menier - Joe Spiteri||18 May 10|
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