Gaiety Theatre announces the hilarious comedy hit SHIRLEY VALENTINE this October 12-16th 2021

Shirley Valentine Gaiety Theatre

The hilarious comedy hit comes to the Gaiety Theatre Dublin

October 12 to 16th 2021

Celebrating 150 years, the Gaiety Theatre Dublin, this October will reopen its doors to theatregoers with Willie Russell’s hilarious comedy Shirley Valentine. This will be the first show with a 60% capacity.

Treat yourself to an evening of laugher, fun and triumph!  The Gaiety Theatre are delighted to welcome back Norma Sheahan, one of Ireland’s award winning, leading dramatic actors, to breathe new life into Willie Russell’s effervescent and iconic character, Shirley Valentine.

The Production will be directed By Michael Scott and designed By Michael McCaffery.

Tickets from €20 (including restoration fee) on sale this Friday, September 17 from

Meet Shirley, a 45-year-old housewife. Trapped in a dreary marriage and humdrum life, Shirley wonders when she lost her hopeful, youthful self, isolated and lonely, she has now resorted to full-blown (although somewhat one-sided) conversations with her kitchen wall.

A woman alone, with no support from her demanding husband, her snooty neighbour, or self-absorbed “flown the nest children” Shirley seeks adventures away from her role as “St. Joan of the fitted units”.  So, when a divorced friend asks her to go on a two-week vacation to Greece, Shirley, bravely gathers what remains of her dignity, digs deep into her flagging confidence, and begins a humorous and uplifting voyage of rediscovery.

Shirley with ever-opening eyes, begins to see the world – and herself – in a different light… but will she ever return to her dismal kitchen?


The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Dates: 12th – 16th October 2021

Show Times: Tuesday to Saturday 7.30 pm, Wednesday and Saturday Matinee 2.30 pm

Tickets: From €20 including restoration fee
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Norma is a multi-disciplinary award winning, actress and artist whose practice covers Playwriting, Theatre, Television, Radio, Cinema, Podcasting & Stand-up.   Since graduating from RADA, she has worked on stage, screen & radio for 20 years, including The Abbey, The Royal Court London, RTE, the Gaiety Theatre, & venues all across Ireland. 

Recently she has been filming on the new adaption of Graham Norton’s HOLDING, and has also recently worked with the Jane Seymour, Rik Mayell, Colin Farrell, Paul Rudd, Sharon Horgan, Steve Coogan & Neil Jordan. Norma is part of the main cast of the TV series Bridget & Eamonn also appearing in the RTE series Dead Still. Other noted TV includes Moone Boy, Primeval, Foyle’s War, Ripper Street, Women On The Verge and Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope.  Recent theatre includes The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Gaiety Theatre and Angela’s Ashes on stage and screen.

She has written radio plays for RTE Radio, sketches for The Mario Rosenstock Show, and her play ‘Don’t Forget to Breathe, was produced by Bewleys’ Theatre. Her new play Sink or Swim received a development Grant 2021 from Dun Laoghaire Arts Office. It is being mentored by Pamala McQueen in association with the Mill Theatre Dundrum. Her comedy tour of Heal Your Hole was halted by Covid, so she turned it into a hugely successful podcast series now in its 75th episode, it is available on all digital media.

Michael Scott – Writer /Director/Composer

Michael Scott is an independent international theatre director, composer and producer.

Funded by the Arts Council, he received his theatre training in Europe and has been Theatre Director of the Project Arts Centre, Programme Director of Dublin Theatre Festival, Director of the Tivoli Theatre Dublin, RHA Downstairs and SFX City Theatre. Currently Artistic Director of the City Theatre Dublin, His productions and music have been seen and heard in Ireland, England, Germany, the USA, Iceland, Wales, Scotland, Italy and France, and on the WWW. His original music is available on all digital platforms.

Theatre in Ireland and New York productions include John B Keane’s The Matchmaker (Dublin, Edinburgh and New York nominated for an “Outer Circle Critics award off-Broadway) and Sisters with Anna Manahan who was nominated for a Best Actress award for her performance. 

Other work includes The Vagina Monologues, The Field, The Cuchulain Cycle, The Snowman, Shirley Valentine, Cecelia Ahern’s Mrs. Whippy for City Theatre Dublin.  Bent, The Antigone, Trafford Tanzi, The Normal Heart at Project. Private Dick (Druid). Thomas Kilroy’s Ghosts at the Abbey. The Woman In Black at the Olympia Theatre. Love Letters with David Soul and Jerry Hall at the Gaiety and Tivoli Theatres, Dublin.

Original Plays and adaptations include Dracula, With Christopher Nolan Torchlight And Laser Beams (Dublin and Edinburgh Theatre Festivals), Dracula (RHA & Tivoli), Brendan Behans’ The Hostage (An Giall) with Niall Tobin, Fragments Of Isabella with Gabrielle Reidy for stage and film. Those Three Days (Pro-Cathedral Dublin & Divis-Cathedral-Belfast) with Stephen Vernon, The Agamemnon (Red Kettle), and The Yellow Man (with Pauline Bewick) and Dancing In The Ballroom of Romance.