A group of extraordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire WI, persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference - no more photos of Wharfedale Bridges or Norman churches for them. Overcoming their initial reserve, the friends drop their dressing gowns, modesty spared only by artfully placed cakes, knitting and flower arrangements. Puzzling their husbands, mortifying their children, and riding the wrath of the outraged WI, they spark a global phenomenon. But as media interest snowballs, the Calendar Girls find themselves exposed in ways theyâd never expected, revealing more about themselves than theyâd ever planned. A very English story with a very English heart, Calendar Girls is quirky, poignant and hilarious. Adapted by Tim Firth from the Miramax film of the same name, it is based on uplifting, inspiring true events. Running time: approx. 2hrs 15mins Calendar Girls website
.Performers Denise Black (Cora), Susan Bovell (Brenda Hulse/Lady Cravenshire - from Aug 16), Elaine C Smith (Chris), Jean Boht (Jessie), Mikyla Dodd (Elaine), Jennifer Ellison (Celia), Julia Hills (Annie), Margaret John (Lady Cravenshire - Cardiff and Llandudno), Bruno Langley (Lawrence/Liam), Rachel Lumberg (Ruth), Ruth Madoc (Marie), Joe McGann (John), Bruce McGregor (Rod).
Author Tim Firth. Producer David Pugh. Producer Dafydd Rogers. Producer Chichester Festival Theatre. Director Hamish McColl. Design Robert Jones. Lighting Malcolm Rippeth. Costume Emma Williams. Music Steve Parry.