Sheridan Smith gives delighted fans hugs as she greets a huge crowd after Shirley Valentine

Sheridan Smith gives delighted fans hugs as she greets a huge crowd after latest performance of her record breaking show Shirley Valentine

Sheridan Smith was greeted by another adoring crowd as she left her latest performance of Shirley Valentine in London on Monday night.

The acclaimed actress delighted fans who waited outside the stage door at London’s Duke of York theatre, as she dished out warm hugs and autographs.

Sheridan broke into a huge smile as she waved at her fans, looking casual chic in her post-show ensemble.

She was once again in her favourite koala cap and a smart black coat teamed with jeans.

Leading lady: Sheridan Smith was greeted by another adoring crowd as she left her latest performance of Shirley Valentine in London on Monday night

Good to see you! The acclaimed actress delighted fans who waited outside the stage door at London's Duke of York theatre, as she dished out warm hugs and autographs

Good to see you! The acclaimed actress delighted fans who waited outside the stage door at London’s Duke of York theatre, as she dished out warm hugs and autographs

She kept a touch of glam from the stage by rocking a bold red lip colour. 

Sheridan recently made history by breaking a box office opening record with £4million in ticket sales for the show.

Stepping into shoes first worn by Pauline Collins in a 1989 film of the same name, the actress has been a hit with critics for her one-woman performance as the middle-aged lonely-heart.

Her press night performance was given a rapturous reception, with an emotional Smith evidently taken aback by the response as she closed the performance by welcoming her 22-month old son Billy onto the stage.

A source told The Sun: ‘Shirley ­Valentine was already a natural treasure but Sheridan has made the nation fall in love with her all over again.

‘No one could have imagined that a one-woman play from the Eighties would break box-office records but theatre bosses are thrilled.

‘Sheridan has never been happier. She is adored on stage and has her son by her side. It is as if she is having her very own Shirley Valentine awakening.’

The play – which runs until June – is the joyous, life-affirming story of the woman who got lost in marriage and motherhood, the woman who wound up talking to the kitchen wall whilst cooking her husband’s chips and egg. 

She's a hit: Sheridan broke into a huge smile as she waved at her fans, looking casual chic in her post-show ensemble

She’s a hit: Sheridan broke into a huge smile as she waved at her fans, looking casual chic in her post-show ensemble

Say cheese: Despite another late night treading the boards, Sheridan was in great spirits as she chatted with her fans

Say cheese: Despite another late night treading the boards, Sheridan was in great spirits as she chatted with her fans 

Signature look: She was once again in her favourite koala cap and Scouser earrings

Signature look: She was once again in her favourite koala cap and Scouser earrings

VIP: The actress made time to chat to her loyal fans gathered outside, looking fab in her casual ensemble

VIP: The actress made time to chat to her loyal fans gathered outside, looking fab in her casual ensemble

Amazing: Sheridan recently made history by breaking a box office opening record with £4million in ticket sales for the show

Amazing: Sheridan recently made history by breaking a box office opening record with £4million in ticket sales for the show

Success: The role of Shirley Valentine was made famous by actress Pauline Collins, 82, when it was made into a film in 1989

Success: The role of Shirley Valentine was made famous by actress Pauline Collins, 82, when it was made into a film in 1989

A description adds: ‘But Shirley still has a secret dream. And in her bag, an airline ticket. One day she may just leave a note, saying: “Gone! Gone to Greece”.’

The play was written by Willy Russell, directed by Matthew Dunster, designed by Paul Wills, with lighting design by Lucy Carter, sound design by Ian Dickinson for Autograph and is produced by David Pugh.

Previously speaking about taking on the role, Sheridan explained: ‘As a mum now myself I’m delighted to be playing theatre’s best-loved mum and I am honoured to be entrusted by Willy Russell to bring his Shirley to life once again in the West End. 

‘Now, to practice cooking chips and egg.’

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