Calendar Girls

The Girls are Back in Town!

Calendar Girls the Musical returns to Darlington Hippodrome in late November with a fantastic cast.

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 new production keeps the incredible true story alive with a fresh book and music, infusing joy into its narrative.

Gary Barlow, co-writer of the show, says:

“I am delighted to work on this new production of Calendar Girls and prepare for the joy, the laughter, and the nostalgia taking the stage again.

“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the film’s release, and it’s been approximately 10 years since I first watched Tim’s play with my mother, 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.”

Calendar Girls follows these extraordinary women in a small Yorkshire Women’s Institute, prompted to create this calendar following the death of a much-loved husband, to raise funds for charity. 

However, upturning preconceptions proves to be a dangerous undertaking, and none of the women are ready for the emotional and personal consequences they will encounter as the fabulous and funny calendar unexpectedly helps each woman bloom.

Meet the cast

Tanya Franks stars as Annie Clarke, the wity compassionate sidekick, and who’s husband’s illness is the catalyst in this story. Her most renowned role is Rainie Cross in EastEnders, and she has also made appearances in Family Affairs, Holby City, Doctors, and Broadchurch.

Maureen Nolan will star as the big hearted Ruth. She is most recognized alongside her sisters in the singing group The Nolans, which sold over 30 million records worldwide.

Lyn Paul returns to the stage as Jessie, the frank and fearless school teacher. “Lyn is renowned as one of the iconic Mrs. Johnstones in Blood Brothers, having played the role on the West End and at various venues nationwide for nearly 25 years.

Amy Robbins stars as Chris Harper, the excitable, irrepressible leader of the gang. Her television credits include EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, Doctors, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and The Royal. Robbins has also graced the stage as Mrs Johnstone on the West End and across the UK. Additionally, her performances have garnered critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base.

Paula Tappenden steps into the role of intrepid Women’s Institute leader Marie. She played Mrs Lyons and Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers, both on the West End and on tour for numerous years.

Marti Webb will play Celia, the glamorous and sassy former air hostess. She’s recognized for her performances in Evita, Cats, Tell Me on a Sunday, Godspell, The King and I, and Annie. She joined the cast of Blood Brothers as Mrs Johnstone in 2008 both on tour and on the West End.

Honeysuckle Weeks will play Cora, the rebellious musician. She starred opposite Michael Kitchen in ITV’s wartime drama Foyle’s War as Samantha Stewart. 

Calendar Girls runs at Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 November. To book call the Box office on 01325 405405 or visit darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk