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Award winning musical CALENDAR GIRLS starring Fern Britton, Denise Welch, Ruth Madoc & more to embark on UK and Ireland Tour from August 2018

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THE AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL CALENDAR GIRLS
BY GARY BARLOW AND TIM FIRTH
TO STAR FERN BRITTON, LORRAINE BRUCE, ANNA-JANE CASEY, SARA CROWE, RUTH MADOC, REBECCA STORM & DENISE WELCH
IN UK & IRELAND TOUR OPENING ON 16 AUGUST 2018


David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers, the producers of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical comedy, CALENDAR GIRLS The Musical, based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls, are delighted to announce that the production will return home to Yorkshire and open at the Leeds Grand Theatre on 16 August 2018 at the start of a new UK & Ireland Tour.  The first 30 weeks are listed below, with further dates to be added.

The new tour will star novelist and television presenter Fern Britton, returning to the stage for the first time in 30 years, as Marie, Lorraine Bruce (Kay Mellor’s The Syndicate and theatre credits include Piaf at The Donmar and Vernon God Little at the Young Vic) as Cora, Anna-Jane Casey (Billy Elliot on tour, Stepping Out in London’s West End, title role in Annie Get Your Gun at Sheffield Crucible) as Annie, Sara Crowe (West End roles include Bedroom FarceThe Real Inspector Hound & Black Comedy and Hay Fever) as Ruth, Ruth Madoc (Hi-De-HiLittle Britain and Gypsy) as Jessie, Rebecca Storm (discovered by Willy Russell and cast as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers, and her handprints are part of the Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre Walk of Fame) as Chris and Denise Welch (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Coronation Street and Waterloo Road) as Celia.

The critically acclaimed and award-winning production played a six-month London season at the Phoenix Theatre last year, and, before that, this musical comedy played sold-out seasons in Leeds and Manchester.   

Tim Firth said, "To be given a chance to revisit CALENDAR GIRLS The Musical is a unique opportunity.  Gary [Barlow] and I have been working away and, as the great Stephen Sondheim said, ‘MUSICAL COMEDIES AREN'T WRITTEN, THEY ARE REWRITTEN’." 

Gary Barlow added, "What a phenomenal new cast we have.  Tim and I sat in - and indeed played - on the auditions and have been so lucky to have put together such talented ladies.”

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth grew up in the same village in the North of England and have been friends for 25 years.  With Take That, Gary has written and co-written 14 number one singles, has sold over 50 million records worldwide and is a six times Ivor Novello Award winner.  Tim has won the Olivier Award and UK Theatre Award for Best New Musical, and the British Comedy Awards Best Comedy Film for Calendar Girls.

CALENDAR GIRLS THE MUSICAL is inspired by the true story of a group of ladies, who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands, and have to date raised almost £5million for Bloodwise. This musical comedy shows life in their Yorkshire village, how it happened, the effect on husbands, sons and daughters, and how a group of ordinary ladies achieved something extraordinary. 

Bloodwise, the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity, will continue to receive monies from this production.

CALENDAR GIRLS The Musical is directed by Matt Ryan and designed by Robert Jones, with comedy staging by Jos Houben, movement by Lucy Hind and casting by Sarah Bird.



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2018/19 TOUR SCHEDULE
16 August – 1 September        Leeds Grand Theatre                                               0844 848 2700      .                                                                                                   www.leedsgrandtheatre.com 
5 – 15 September                   The Marlowe, Canterbury                                         01227 878 7787
                                                www.themarlowetheatre.com

18 – 29 September                  Newcastle Theatre Royal                                         0844 811 2121
                                                www.theatreroyal.co.uk

2 - 13 October                        Festival Theatre Edinburgh                                      0131 529 6000
                                               www.edtheatres.com/festival

16 – 20 October                      Leicester De Montfort Hall                                       0116 233 3111
                                                www.demontforthall.co.uk

23 - 27 October                       Venue Cymru, Llandudno                                        01492 872000
                                                www.venuecymru.co.uk

30 October - 10 November       The Lowry, Salford                                                  0843 208 6000

13 - 17 November                    Stoke Regent Theatre                                              0844 871 7649
                                                 www.atgtickets.com/stoke

20 - 24 November                    Hull New Theatre                                                      01482 300 306
                                                www.hulltheatres.co.uk

27 Nov - 1 December               Liverpool Empire                                                      0844 871 3017
                                                 www.atgtickets.com/liverpool

8 - 19 January 2019                 Mayflower Theatre Southampton                            02380 711811
                                                 www.mayflower.org.uk

22 Jan - 2 Feb 2019                Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin                           0844 847 2455                                                                                                         www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie                                           

5 – 16 February 2019              Norwich Theatre Royal                                             01603 630 000                     
                                                www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk                                   On sale soon           

19 Feb - 2 March 2019            His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen                             01224 641122
                                                www.aberdeenperformingarts.com

5 - 16 March 2019                   The Orchard Theatre, Dartford                                 01322 220000
                                                www.orchardtheatre.co.uk

19 - 23 March 2019                 Sunderland Empire                                                   0844 871 3022                                                                                                       www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire         On sale 24 January

26 - 30 March 2019                 New Victoria Theatre, Woking                                 0844 871 7645
                                                www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre

2 - 13 April 2019                     Sheffield Lyceum Theatre                                         0114 249 6000
                                                www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk                                        On sale 24 March

16 - 20 April 2019                    New Theatre, Oxford                                                0844 847 1585
                                                www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-theatre-oxford

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