Calendar Girls UK Tour

Calendar Girls Uk Tour

Front LtoR Tim Firth, Gary Barlow Back LtoR Rebecca Storm, Fern Britton, Sara Crowe, Denise Welch, Ruth Madoc, Lorraine Bruce, Anna Jane Casey Photo: John Swanell

Producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers have announced the Calendar Girls UK Tour.  Based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls will return home to Yorkshire opening at the Leeds Grand Theatre on 16 August 2018.

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 Farce, The Real Inspector Hound & Black Comedy and Hay Fever) as Ruth, Ruth Madoc (Hi-De-Hi, Little 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.

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 comedia 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.”

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.

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.

Read our review of the London Production of Calendar Girls

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CALENDAR GIRLS UK TOUR

16 August – 1 September 201
Leeds Grand Theatre      
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5 – 15 September 2018               
The Marlowe, Canterbury  
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18 – 29 September 2018               
Newcastle Theatre Royal         
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2 – 13 October 2018                    
Festival Theatre Edinburgh 
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16 – 20 October 2018
Leicester De Montfort Hall
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23 – 27 October 2018
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
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30 October – 10 November 2018
The Lowry, Salford
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13 – 17 November 2018
Stoke Regent Theatre
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20 – 24 November 2018
Hull New Theatre
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27 Nov – 1 December 2018
Liverpool Empire
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8 – 19 January 2019
Mayflower Theatre Southampton
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22 Jan – 2 Feb 2019
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
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5 – 16 February 2019
Norwich Theatre Royal
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19 Feb – 2 March 2019
His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen
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5 – 16 March 2019
The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
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19 – 23 March 2019
Sunderland Empire
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26 – 30 March 2019
New Victoria Theatre, Woking
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2 – 13 April 2019
Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
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16 – 20 April 2019
New Theatre, Oxford
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