New Cast for Calendar Girls the Musical Tour

NEW CAST FOR

THE AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL CALENDAR GIRLS

BY GARY BARLOW AND TIM FIRTH

SARAH JANE BUCKLEY, SUE DEVANEY, JULIA HILLS, JUDY HOLT

& LISA MAXWELL

TO JOIN RUTH MADOC AND REBECCA STORM


David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers are delighted to announce the new cast for the UK & Ireland Tour of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical comedy, CALENDAR GIRLS The Musical, based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth.

Starring Sarah Jane Buckley (Blood Brothers and Kathy Barnes in Hollyoaks) as Annie, Sue Devaney (the soon to be seen new Russell T. Davies series Years and Years, Jane in Dinnerladies, Liz Harker in Casualty, Debbie Webster in Coronation Street and Rosie in the musical Mamma Mia!) as Cora, Julia Hills (Doctor Kemp in Broadchurch, Annabelle Shrivener in The Archers) as Ruth, Judy Holt (Cold Feet, Scott & Bailey) as Marie and Lisa Maxwell (panellist on Loose Women, Tracey Donovan in Hollyoaks, Samantha Nixon in The Bill and various roles in The Les Dennis Laughter Show and The Russ Abbot Show) as Celia, the new cast will make their debut at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, on 23 April 2019.

Ruth Madoc and Rebecca Storm will continue to play Jessie and Chris respectively.

Karen Dunbar will return to play Cora when the production visits Glasgow’s King’s Theatre from 11-22 June.

Also in the cast are Derek Elroy as Lawrence, Phil Corbitt as John, Ian Mercer as Rod, Sebastian Aberneri as Colin, Alan Stocks as Denis, Pauline Daniels as Lady Cravenshire, Ellie Leah as Miss Wilson, Danny Howker as Danny, Isabel Caswell as Jenny and Tyler Dobbs as Tommo.

The critically acclaimed and award-winning production played a six-month London season at the Phoenix Theatre in 2017, and, before that, this musical comedy played sold-out seasons in Leeds and Manchester.   

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.

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. 

Bloodwise, the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity, will continue to receive monies from this production.

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.

Website: www.calendargirlsthemusical.com

Facebook: @thegirlsmusical

Twitter: @thegirlsmusical

2019 TOUR SCHEDULE

23 – 27 April                           Cliffs Pavilion, Southend                                           01702 351135

                                                www.thecliffspavilion.co.uk

30 April – 11 May                   Wales Millennium Centre                                            02920 636464

                                               www.wmc.org.uk

14 – 25 May                           Grand Opera House, Belfast                                      02890 241919

                                               www.goh.co.uk

28 May – 8 June                     Birmingham Hippodrome                                           0844 338 5000         

                                               www.birminghamhippodrome.com

11 – 22 June                          Glasgow King’s Theatre                                             0844 871 7648

                                               www.atgtickets.com/kings-theatre

25 June – 6 July                     Theatre Royal, Nottingham                                         0115 989 5555         

                                                www.trch.co.uk

9 July – 20 July                      Bristol Hippodrome                                                   0844 871 3012

                                               www.atgtickets.com/bristol

23 July – 3 August                  Theatre Royal Plymouth                                             01752 267222

                                               www.theatreroyal.com

6 – 10 August                         Congress Theatre, Eastbourne                                   01323 412000

                                               www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk

17 – 21 September                 Bournemouth Pavilion                                                0844 576 3000         

                                               www.bournemouthpavilion.co.uk

24 – 28 September                 Wolverhampton Grand                                               01902 42 92 12

                                               www.grandtheatre.co.uk

8 – 12 October                       Royal & Derngate Northampton                                  01604 624811

                                               www.royalandderngate.co.uk

15 – 19 October                     Blackpool Opera House                                             0844 856 1111

                                               www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

22 – 26 October                     Ipswich Regent Theatre                                              01473 433100

                                               www.ipswichregent.com                                            

29 October – 2 November       Chester Storyhouse                                                   01244 409113          

                                               www.storyhouse.com

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