The new company will include Charlie Dimmock, English gardening expert and presenter of the BBC gardening makeover program "Ground Force" as Celia – Miss September, with stage and screen veteran Gemma Craven (who played Cinderella in the film "The Slipper and the Rose" and appeared in the West End in They're Playing Our Song and South Pacific) as Chris – Miss November, and Letitia Dean (who played Sharon Watts, one of the original cast members of the TV soap "EastEnders," and was also seen in the BBC's "Strictly Come Dancing" and onstage in the stage version of Disney's High School Musical) as Ruth – Miss November. Also in the company will be Elizabeth Bennett – who appeared in the original 2003 film version as a W.I. Judge, and is best known for playing Joyce Jowett in TV's "Hearbeat" – as Marie, Anne Charleston (Madge from TV's "Neighbours") as Jessie – Miss January, Mikyla Dodd (Chloe in TV's "Hollyoaks") as Elaine, Sue Holderness (Marlene in TV's "Only Fools and Horses" and its spin-off "The Green Green Grass") as Annie – Miss February, Hannah Waterman (star of "EastEnders" and winner, with Marti Pellow, of BBC's "Just the Two of Us") as Cora – Miss July, and Dean Gaffney (Robbie in "EastEnders") as the photographer Lawrence.
This company will visit Hull's New Theatre (May 3-8), Truro Hall (May 10-15), Bristol Hippodrome (May 17–22), Belfast's Grand Opera House (May 24-29), Nottingham's Theatre Royal (May 31-June 5), Cheltenham's Everyman (June 7-19), Bromley's Churchill Theatre (June 21-26), Birmingham's Hippodrome (June 28-July 3), Torquay's Princess Theatre (July 5-10), Brighton's Theatre Royal (July 12-17) and Norwich's Theatre Royal (July 19-24).
Calendar Girls, inspired by the film of the same name, is written by Tim Firth and directed by Hamish McColl. It features a set by Robert Jones, with lighting by Malcolm Rippeth, costumes by Emma Williams and music by Steve Parry. It is produced by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers. To book for the touring dates, visit www.seecalendargirls.com