WEST End and TV star Mina Anwar will play Shirley Valentine in a new production of the classic comedy by Bolton’s Octagon Theatre.

Mina, who got her big break in the TV comedy The Thin Blue Line, will portray the stuck-in-a-rut housewife who leaves her troubles (and husband) behind, and seeks adventure on a holiday to Greece.

The production will run at Bolton Library Theatre and be directed by the Octagon’s artistic director, Lotte Wakeham.

Mina, who recently toured in Thunder Cats and starred in the musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been asked to play Shirley Valentine and work with the brilliant Lotte Wakeham. It’s exciting to make my debut for the Octagon with this absolute gem by Willy Russell. This monologue is a wonderfully rich treasure and I can’t wait to get started.”

Lotte Wakeham added: “I’m delighted to have Mina on-board – she is a tremendously gifted actor and one of the great comic talents of her generation.”

Shirley Valentine runs from Monday, February 10 to Saturday, February 29. Details from 01204 520661 or www.octagonbolton.co.uk