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!).
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.
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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Photo Credit: Regent Theatre / Matt Crockett