Home » London Theatre News » Casting announced for Calendar Girls the Musical

Casting announced for Calendar Girls the Musical

Bill Kenwright Ltd announces the cast for its new production of Calendar Girls the Musical, written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth including recent stars from Coronation Street and EastEnders (Amy Robbins and Tanya Franks), three recording stars whose hit records have approached nearly 70 million in sales (Lyn Paul with The New Seekers, Maureen Nolan with The Nolans and musical theatre star Marti Webb), the co-star of one of TV’s most popular series of the last twenty years (Honeysuckle Weeks of Foyles War), and Paula Tappenden star of Blood Brothers.

Calendar Girls the Musical
Five of the announced leading ladies have also starred as Mrs Johnstone in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers during its record-breaking West End run and across the UK on tour.

Tanya Franks, Maureen Nolan, Lyn Paul, Amy Robbins, Paula Tappenden, Marti Webb, and Honeysuckle Weeks will bare all as the group of ordinary women in a small Yorkshire town who set about creating a nude calendar to raise money for charity.

This brand new production sees this incredible true story continue to bloom, with a reimagined book and new music bringing the joy to life.

Tim Firth, co-writer of the show, says: ‘Pre-pandemic I had been preparing the musical for a foreign production which was of course then postponed. When the skies cleared and a new production in the UK was proposed I looked back and thought, ‘This is the version we ought to stage’. The story and songs, a little like the real world, had been thrown in the air and come back slightly different. What we had in our hands lay somewhere between the original play and the original musical and it seemed right for a time when sunlight, optimism and humour seemed more necessary than ever. Like the calendar itself, it seemed that something dark had created something unexpectedly bright.

Gary Barlow, co-writer of the show, says: ‘I am delighted to be working on this new production of Calendar Girls and getting ready for the joy, the laughter, and the nostalgia to take the stage again. It’s been 20 years this year since the film was released, and around 10 years since I first saw Tim’s play with my mum Marjorie. We’ve already had a fantastic time in the rehearsal room workshopping the show and weaving in new music, reworked songs and reimagining the book. We cannot wait to see the way these incredible leading ladies bring the story to bloom as we head out on tour later this year’.

Cast
Tanya Franks stars as Annie Clarke
Maureen Nolan will star as the big-hearted Ruth.
Lyn Paul returns to the stage as Jessie.
Amy Robbins stars as Chris Harper
Paula Tappenden steps into the role of intrepid Women’s Institute leader Marie.
Marti Webb will play Celia
Honeysuckle Weeks will play Cora, the rebellious musician

The true story of the Calendar Girls launched a global phenomenon: a million copycat calendars, a record-breaking movie, now celebrating 20 years since its release, the fastest-selling stage play in British theatre history, and now a musical written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, which coined the term “craughing” – the act of crying and laughing at the same time!

LISTINGS
Bill Kenwright presents
Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s
CALENDAR GIRLS THE MUSICAL
2023 UK Tour
Written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth
Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle
Design by Gary McCann
Musical Direction by Jordan Alexander
Lighting by Nick Richings

Calendar Girls Musical UK Tour

The Alexandra, Birmingham
Tue 3 Oct – Sat 7 Oct 2023
General Ticket Sale Fri 16 Jun 2023

Liverpool Empire
Tue 10 Oct – Sat 14 Oct 2023
General Ticket Sale Fri 16 Jun 2023

Released Fri 16 Jun 2023
Milton Keynes Theatre
Tue 17 Oct – Sat 21 Oct 2023
General Ticket Sale Fri 16 Jun 2023

Read  Final Casting Announced For The Crown Jewels

New Wimbledon Theatre
Tue 31 Oct – Sat 4 Nov 2023
General Ticket Sale Fri 16 Jun 2023

Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
Tue 14 Nov – Sat 18 Nov 2023
General Ticket Sale Fri 16 Jun 2023

WINDSOR, Theatre Royal Windsor
Wed 30 Aug – Sat 16 Sep 2023

Calendar Girls Musical UK Tour
CHELTENHAM, Everyman Theatre
Tue 26 Sep – Sat 30 Sep 2023

Calendar Girls Musical UK Tour
PETERBOROUGH, New Theatre
Tue 24 Oct – Sat 28 Oct 2023

Calendar Girls Musical UK Tour
LEEDS, The Grand Theatre
Tue 07 Nov – Sat 11 Nov 2023

Calendar Girls Musical UK Tour
DARLINGTON, Darlington Hippodrome
Tue 21 Nov – Sat 25 Nov 2023

Calendar Girls Musical UK Tour
HULL, New Theatre
Tue 28 Nov – Sat 02 Dec 2023

Related News & Reviews Past & Present

  1. Calendar Girls The Musical UK Tour 2023
  2. Calendar Girls The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre
  3. Calendar Girls the Musical Tour new cast announced
  4. Calendar Girls The Musical Tickets UK & Ireland Tour – Cast & Dates
  5. Lesley Joseph to join the cast of Calendar Girls The Musical

Author

Scroll to Top