Bill Kenwright Ltd. presents a new U.K. tour of Calendar Girls the Musical, which launched in August at the Theatre Royal Windsor.
Tanya Franks (Eastenders), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Lyn Paul (The New Seekers), Amy Robbins (Coronation Street), Paula Tappenden (Blood Brothers), Marti Webb (Evita, Tell Me on Sunday), and Honeysuckle Weeks (Foyles War) star as the group of women in a small Yorkshire town who set about creating a nude calendar to raise money for charity. Get a first look at the production in the newly released trailer above.
Directed by Jonathan O'Boyle, the production is currently playing the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield through September 23 before heading to the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham (September 26-30), Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (October 3-7), Liverpool Empire (October 10-14), Milton Keynes Theatre (October 17-21), New Theatre, Peterborough (October 24-28), Wimbledon New Theatre (October 31-November 4), Leeds Grand Theatre (November 7-11), Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent (November 14-18), Darlington Hippodrome (November 21-25), and Hull New Theatre (November 28-December 2).
Co-writer Firth said in an earlier statement, "Pre-pandemic I had been preparing the musical for a foreign production which was, of course, then postponed. When the skies cleared and a new production in the U.K. was proposed, I looked back and thought, ‘This is the version we ought to stage.’ The story and songs, a little like the real world, had been thrown in the air and come back slightly different. What we had in our hands lay somewhere between the original play and the original musical, and it seemed right for a time when sunlight, optimism, and humor seemed more necessary than ever. Like the calendar itself, it seemed that something dark had created something unexpectedly bright."
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