Susana Vieira is coming to the Portuguese stages with “Uma Shirley Qualquer” (An Ordinary Shirley).
The play celebrates the 60 years of the actress’ career and arrives in Portugal in May.
Married, mother of two, Shirley Valentim lives with the worst kind of loneliness: the kind you feel even in company. Cast the first stone who has never talked to the walls in a situation like that!
They may not be the most eloquent companions, but at least they know how to listen, a quality that is becoming increasingly rare. So says Shirley!
It’s with them that the main character shares her anguish, remembers the unusual – and even funny – situations that have marked her career and tries to understand where her dreams ended up.
Shirley could be any one of us, but she gets Susana Vieira’s body in the monologue ‘Uma Shirley Qualquer’, with a Brazilian version by Miguel Falabella and directed by Tadeu Aguiar.
The show has conquered audiences all over the world since its first version, in 1986, when it premiered in London and won the Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Comedy and Best Actress (Pauline Collins).
In 1989 it went on Broadway and Pauline Collins took home the Tony Award. In the same year the film version premiered, also with Pauline Collins, which was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, and won the British Academy Film Award.
Shirley/Susana takes the stage at 9:30pm.
For more information, contact José Lúcio da Silva Theatre (244 823 600).