Review of Calendar Girls The Musical performed at The Regent Theatre *

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Here it is, the much-awaited review of the musical, Calendar Girls. We have been really excited and eager to watch the show for a while now and soon as it started… we were not disappointed at all!  It was a star-studded performance with a star-studded cast.  There were lots of TV actors and personalities which you will instantly recognise, including Denise Welch, Fern Britton, Sara Crowe, and Ruth Madoc (who you’ll know from Hi-De-Hi).  The first half of the show was a roller coaster of emotions and brought me from laughter to tears (you know what I mean if you’re familiar with the story). The two more prominent characters, Anna-Jane Casey and Rebecca Storm, both have great voices that really carry the singing aspects of the performances. I found that I immediate could recognise the songs as being written by Gary Barlow – they have his sense of style, rhythm and feeling along with the lyrics that have been well pieced together to tell the story.  The Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent is an incredibly beautiful theatre with comfy seats – which is more than I can say compared to other theatres which I have been to (I’m sure you’ll know if you’re a regular to the blog!).

If I had to sum my review up…I would say ….WOW…. what a performance – it had a steady start, and then whoosh you had an eyeful of their WI Calendar and my throat is still hurting from all that laughing.  I am glad that through all the comedy elements, they still managed to bring out the poignancy of what they were trying to portray. Although the theme and storyline about these everyday ladies is strong, I did wonder if it would be risky when made into a musical…but in the end, it worked out wonderfully well because of the comedy aspects.  Kudos to the whole cast who were completely amazing!  Each and every person was so crucial to the show and made such an impact on the stage, they did not need much props and the simple backdrop design depicting a Yorkshire countryside (if you can picture that on a stage!) was sufficient.   I would definitely recommend seeing this if you are a fan of the movie. The production was so good on the opening night that they even had a standing ovation when the show ended.  Calendar Girls show will continue until this Saturday at The Regent Theatre, so if you have not booked your tickets, maybe you will after reading our review of it!
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About Calendar Girls

Calendar Girls the musical comedy by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth which received fantastic five-star reviews in London’s West End is now touring around the UK and will be heading our way to The Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent.  The award-winning production is inspired and based on 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.

Cast and Crew

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.

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How do I book tickets to watch Calendar Girls?

Tickets are now on sale and available from the Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or by visiting ATG’s website here.

 

How long is the show for and what are the timings?

The show opened yesterday on Tuesday,  13 November and will run until Saturday, 17 November 2018.

Evening shows are at 7.30pm while matinee shows will be at 2.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.  Please check ATG’s website for full details on timings.

 

How much do the tickets cost?

Tickets are priced from £15.40 to £50.65

 

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Robin Hood showcases as the Pantomime this year at The Regent Theatre

The Snowman is coming to Victoria Hall in Stoke-on-Trent

Rock ‘n’ roll panto Dick Whittington returns to Stafford Gatehouse Theatre

 

Photo Credit: Regent Theatre / Matt Crockett

30 Comments

  1. November 14, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    I really want to see this. I love the movie and the real-life story behind it. It seems like it would translate wonderfully to the stage. I’m even more eager to see it after reading your review.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 14, 2018 / 9:16 pm

      Thank you Stacie, we would totally recommend it, the cast were amazing and the songs out of this world too!

  2. Alexandra
    November 14, 2018 / 1:34 pm

    So glad that you had such a fabulous time! I can only imagine what a great night out it would be 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 14, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      Yes it was fantastic Alexandra!

  3. November 14, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    i would love to see this and had no idea that Gary Barlow and Tim Minchin were behind it……..need to see if it is touring near me

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 14, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      Hope they do tour close to you Kara, don’t miss it for the world

  4. November 14, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    Thank you so much for the review, i’ve been hearing about it for a while, I can’t wait to watch it! I hope it comes to Toronto!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 14, 2018 / 9:14 pm

      Your welcome Chad, glad you enjoyed reading our post. Yes fingers crossed they head your way next

  5. November 15, 2018 / 5:24 am

    Wow I loved to see this, great post.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 9:08 am

      Thank you, hope you do catch it

  6. November 15, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    I know I would love this. This is what I find extremely entertaining. Thanks for the awesome review.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 9:36 pm

      Your welcome, glad you enjoyed reading it

  7. November 15, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    I have not seen this movie but I would love love love to see the musical version! It looks like a lot of fun, and I adore musicals!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 9:36 pm

      You would totally love this Liz, the songs, storyline and talent was just wonderful

  8. Becca Wilson
    November 15, 2018 / 6:58 pm

    This looks like it would be such an awesome show. I am so glad that you were able to provide us with this review.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 15, 2018 / 9:35 pm

      Your welcome Becca, so glad you enjoyed reading our review

  9. November 15, 2018 / 10:34 pm

    i’ve heard this was a good show. maybe one day i’ll see a stateside preformance

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 16, 2018 / 8:06 am

      Yes, fingers crossed Jasmine

  10. November 16, 2018 / 1:30 am

    Wow, sounds like a fun show to watch! It’s been awhile since I watched a musical show. Thanks for sharing!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 16, 2018 / 8:05 am

      Your welcome, glad you enjoyed reading the blog post

  11. Shar
    November 16, 2018 / 3:13 am

    I have not seen the movie but this sounds super fun! What a great idea for a girls night out!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 16, 2018 / 8:05 am

      Absolutely, we can’t agree more!

  12. November 16, 2018 / 5:47 am

    Is it weird that I have never been to a musical?! The Calendar Girls sounds like a great one to go to!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 16, 2018 / 8:01 am

      You must at least go to one Cecilia, you are missing out of the glitz, glamour and comedy element of it all

  13. November 17, 2018 / 12:59 am

    I have never been to one before and always wondered whether I would like them.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 17, 2018 / 9:45 pm

      Hope you had some insight to what the show was like by reading our review of it

  14. anna
    November 19, 2018 / 10:26 am

    I loved the movie. Cannot wait to watch their musical too. I think the idea behind the Calendar Girls as it is an important topic and the comedy is the cherry on top!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 19, 2018 / 11:38 pm

      Thank you for stopping by Anna, you are right. Charity and raising money is an important topic and they have done it really well using comedy

  15. Courtney
    November 20, 2018 / 2:08 am

    Ooooo I just love musicals!!! I try to go to them every time one comes to town! So need to see this one!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 7:43 am

      The Calendar Girls are touring at the moment and just finished Stoke-on-Trent, do check out their website to see where they are heading next

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