gary barlow's the girls musicalGary Barlow and Tim Firth's musical adaptation of Calendar Girls opened at the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End in February 2017

The Girls premiered at the Leeds Grand Theatre in late 2015 with a second out-of-town tryout at The Lowry in Salford in early 2016.

Barlow and Firth said in a statement: It has been four years in the making. Then, just over a year ago, we premiered at the village hall in Yorkshire, where the Calendar Girls did their first ever photoshoot.It’s been a little like tending a sunflower: from seeding it in Yorkshire, to now seeing it bloom in London’s West End.

The Girls 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. 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.

It is based on the 2003 film Calendar Girls which featured a screenplay by Tim Firth and Juliette Towhidi based on a true story of a group of Yorkshire women who produced a nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research under the auspices of the Women's Institutes in April 1999. It was a major success with an ensemble cast headed by Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, with Linda Bassett, Annette Crosbie, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton and Geraldine James playing key supporting roles.

Casting for the West End transfer includes some of the original cast members with Claire Moore/Chris, Joanna Riding/Annie, Sophie-Louise Dann/Celia, Michele Dotrice/Jessie, Debbie Chazen/Ruth, Claire Machin/Cora, Joe Caffrey/Rod, Jeremy Clyde/Denis, John Davitt/Doctor, James Gaddas/John, Soo Drouet/Brenda, Jenny Gayner/Miss Wilson and Shirley Jameson/Miss Wilson(t), Marian McLoughlin/Marie, Judith Street/Lady Cravenshire with Jane Lambert, Rebecca Lewis, Victoria Blackburn and Frazer Hadfield,and young cast members Josh Benson/Tommo, Ben Hunter/Danny and Chloe May Jackson/Jenny.

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.

Musical staging by Lizzi Gee, comedy staging by Jos Houben, design by Robert Jones, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster and musical direction and orchestrations by Richard Beadle.

Buy tickets for the Girls which is booking until 15th July 2017 when the production will end its run.

show times

Monday-Saturday 7:30pm. Matinees on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 2:30 pm. Running time 2 hours 35 minutes with one interval



Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0JP

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Tubes : Leicester Square/Tottenham Court Road
Train: Charing Cross
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