Calendar Girls Extends West End Run By a Month

News   Calendar Girls Extends West End Run By a Month The current West End run of the stage version of Calendar Girls, which was originally booking to June 27, has extended its season at the Noel Coward Theatre by four weeks to run through July 25.

The production will also add Thursday matinees beginning May 28, replacing the Monday evening performance. The new performance schedule will, therefore, be Tuesday to Saturday evenings with matinees on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays.

Adapted by Tim Firth from his own screenplay to the 2003 film, this stage version premiered onstage at Chichester Festival Theatre in September 2008, and following an extensive national tour, began performances in the West End April 4.

Hamish McColl, who won an Olivier Award for co-writing and performing The Play What I Wrote in the West End and subsequently reprised it at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre in 2003, directs a cast that stars Lynda Bellingham, Patricia Hodge, Sian Phillips, Gaynor Faye, Brigit Forsyth, Julia Hills and Elaine C. Smith. Also in the cast are Joan Blackham, Abby Francis, Gary Lilburn, Gerard McDermot and Carl Prekopp.

Hodge plays Annie, who after losing her husband to leukemia, resolves to raise money for the local hospital with her close friend and Womens' Institute member Chris (Bellingham) by publishing a nude calendar of local WI members.

The play has a set by Robert Jones, lighting by Malcolm Rippeth, costumes by Emma Williams and music by Steve Parry. It is produced by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers. To book tickets contact the box office at 0844 482 5140 or visit www.seecalendargirls.com. In a special arrangement, the usual £1.50 booking fee for tickets will be donated to Leukemia Research.