5 ***** “You’ll cry with laughter.” Daily Mail
5***** “ a glorious fun celebration…riotously brilliant.” The Mirror
4 **** “it’s gorgeous… it’s a beaut.” The Telegraph
New musical, The Girls, adapted from the 2008 stage play Calendar Girls, opens at London’s Phoenix theatre in 2017.
With a musical score by Gary Barlow, and with his friend of 25 years, Tim Firth, writing the script which he has adapted from his own award winning play, the two creatives will bring this heart-warming comedy to the West End ready to take the chill off those wintery nights.
The tag line reads “… the true story of the Yorkshire Calendar Girls a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary.” Reviewing it on opening night at the Grand theatre, Leeds, where it recieved nightly standing ovations, The Times newspaper said ” ‘It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and then it makes you cheer’.
The story is, of course, familiar to many of us in which a group of seven W.I. members decide to publish a “risque” calendar in order to raise funds for charity. Photographing themselves posing with cherry bakewells and cushions hiding their modesty causes a lot of disgruntled mumblings in their tight-knit community, but the girls carry on undeterred.
This new musical comedy will have a few familiar faces in the cast including Claire Moore who was the original Christine in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s theatre and also Joanna Riding who has had a very successfull musical theatre career including winning an Olivier Award for her role as Julie in the National Theatre production of Carousel.
The Phoenix Theatre is placed on Charing Cross Road just between Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square and has a number of excellent London hotels nearby, including the 3 star Thistle Bloomsbury or the 4 star Every Hotel Piccadilly, to chose from when booking The Girls Theatre Breaks.
Where is it?
Charing Cross Road
When can I see it?
Previews : 28th January 2017
Opens: 24th February 2017
Booking to : 15th July 2017
What time does it start?
Monday to Saturday 1930; Thursday & Saturday at 1430