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.... Read more >>
Running time: 2 hours (including interval)
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.
'The funniest and most heart-warming play.'
‘Jodie Prenger has warmth, comic flair and a beguiling twinkle in her eye.’
‘Jodie brings Shirley to life with wonderful skill and delightful comedy timings, thoroughly deserving the inevitable standing ovation.’
Suitable for 14+
There are no booking fees for this production.
However, all bookings made through ATG Tickets for this venue are subject to a £2.85 Transaction fee.
All Super Seats include choice of nibble box, welcome drink and programme or theatre gift.
In conjunction with the National Autistic Society group based here in Milton Keynes, we've put together a Social Story for those on the autistic spectrum. We also have an Access Guide and a Visual Story.
There are six wheelchair spaces available in the Stalls. There is lift access to all levels of the theatre.
All areas of the Theatres are accessible to customers with limited mobility, including wheelchair users. There is level access from the top of Margaret Powell Square, through into the foyer, with level access into the auditorium at both sides of the stalls. Ramped access is provided to backstage areas. The building features wide corridors and doors, and additional toilet facilities for disabled people. Two front of house lifts provide access to the circle and upper circle, with appropriate seating positions available on all levels. Similarly, a lift backstage provides access to all levels with mobility lifts cited at split-levels between front of house and backstage areas. All lifts are fitted with voice commentary and tactile aids.
The Box Office, Piano Bar, Business Bar on the ground floor and circle bars all have low level counters and accessible levels for transactions. Front doors to the foyer areas can be operated automatically by push button with tactile aids.
Hearing enhancement aids are available at our theatre kiosk.
Induction Loop Necklaces
Available for patrons already wearing a hearing enhancement aid. By putting the necklace around your neck and switching your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting, the sound will be amplified.
We have infra-red Sennheiser sound amplification headsets which amplifies sound through earpieces similar to regular headphones. This is suitable for patrons without a hearing aid.
Both the induction loop necklaces and infra-red headsets are available from the theatre kiosk.
We have a hearing loop at our box office counter and by switching your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting, the sound will be amplified.
Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome at Milton Keynes Theatre and they can stay with you while you are in the Theatre. If you wish to bring your guide or hearing dog to the Theatre, please advise the Box Office when booking your tickets and a seat next to the aisle will be reserved for you. Alternatively a member of staff will care for your dog during the performance. We can also provide drinking water for your dog.
There are public toilet facilities on the ground, first and third floors of the foyer areas. There are separate, fully accessible, male and female facilities on the ground and first floors, and fully accessible facilities for both men and women on the third floor (by door 10). Backstage there are accessible facilities on all levels. There is an emergency call-point in all accessible facilities, should you need to call for a member of staff.
Baby changing facilities are located in fully accessible toilets on the ground, first and third floors.
From the M1: Leave the M1 at Junction 14, head for Milton Keynes and at the next roundabout (Northfield), go straight on to Childs Way H6. Also carry on straight across the Fox Milne, Woolstone and South Overgate Roundabouts. Turn right into Enmore Gate at the South Enmore Roundabout and left into Avebury Boulevard at the Enmore Roundabout. Turn right at the Bankfield Roundabout and the Theatre car park is immediately on your left.
From the A5: Leave the A5 at the A509 Portway Junction following the signs for Central Milton Keynes. Go straight ahead on the A509/H5 Portway at the North Grafton, North Witan, North Saxon, North Secklow and Belvedere Roundabouts. Turn right into Skeldon Gate at the North Skeldon Roundabout and right into Silbury Boulevard at the Skeldon Roundabout. Turn left into Marlborough Gate at the Campbell Park Roundabout. The Theatre is on your right hand side after the Midsummer Boulevard Junction.
By coach: There is a coach park at the end of the centre:mk and immediately opposite the Theatre on Marlborough Gate. Call 01908 547609 for special assistance with party booking.
By bus: From the Central Rail Station to bus stops on Midsummer Boulevard. For full local timetable information call TraveLine on 0870 608 2608 (7am-8pm, 8am-8pm weekends and Bank Holidays).
By train: Milton Keynes Central Station is on the London Euston to Birmingham main line. For full timetable information call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 (24 hrs) or visit Network Rail. Buses will take you from the Central Rail Station, to bus stops on Midsummer Boulevard outside the Theatre. There is also a taxi rank outside the station. Journey time 5 mins.
Book online: Use the links below
Telephone Booking: 0844 871 7652 Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.
Customer Service: 0844 871 7627
Groups Bookings: 0333 009 5393 Calls charged at local rate.
Access Bookings: 0800 912 6971
Stage Door / Admin:* 01908 547500
*please note it is not possible to assist
with bookings on this number
ATG continues to make the safety and security of its customers and staff a priority. As such, please bear in mind that we may undertake bag checks, so recommend you leave extra time to avoid queues, and refrain from bringing suitcases rucksacks and large bags into the Theatre. Many thanks for your cooperation.
10am – 15 mins after the final performance commences.
10-5pm on dark days
Open 1h 30m before curtain up on Sundays and Bank Holidays
Enjoy the sumptuous surroundings of our new Piano Bar, open from 6pm where you can enjoy an array of delights including;
• Live piano music
• A selection of premium wines
• Barista coffee
• A Delicious food menu served from 6.00pm prior to evening performances