the most successful play ever to tour the UK, is set to bare all for audiences in Scarborough as Calendar Girls hit The Futurist stage this month.
The show has taken more at the box office than the original film with ticket sales in excess of £21 million.
The award winning producers of Calendar Girls, David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, have announced that 2011 will be the final tour before the amateur rights are released in 2012.
As part of the final tour, Calendar Girls is coming to The Futurist Theatre Scarborough starring the original star of the film Lynda Bellingham.
The classic story tracks the journey of a group of ordinary women, members of a Yorkshire WI, spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference.
As interest snowballs, the Calendar Girls find themselves revealing more than they’d ever planned.
Lynda Bellingham, will play Chris in the show, she continues to present ITV’s popular afternoon chat show Loose Women.
Tim Firth has adapted the screenplay of his smash hit Miramax film for the stage.
The film was released in 2003 and was an instant hit at the box office, becoming the number one grossing film in the UK on its release.
Tim’s other credits include the films Blackball and Kinky Boots and the award winning Preston Front for the BBC.
His works in theatre include the plays Neville’s Island, The Safari Party, The Flint Street Nativity and the Olivier Award winning musical Our House.
Jennifer Ellison will take the role of Cora, Jennifer has starred in many classic shows including Chicago and the award winning revival of Boeing Boeing in the West End, as well as Meg Giry in the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.
Annie will be played by actress Jan Harvey who has played Jan Howard in the BBC’s long running Howard’s Way.
Rula Lenska joins the cast of Calendar Girls as Celia, direct from Coronation Street.
Debbie Chazen’s will play Ruth, her recent credits include Annie in the BBC comedy The Smoking Room and a host of comic creations in the BBC sketch show Tittybangbang.
The character Jessie will be played by June Watson, who is one of the UK’s most versatile actresses and is frequently seen on our screens, and Camilla Dallerup is one of the Strictly Come Dancing professionals and she takes the role of Elaine in the play.
Ruth Madoc is best known as Gladys Pugh in Hi-De-Hi, will take to the shoes of Marie in the play, and has more recently been seen on our screens as Dafydd’s mother in Little Britain.
Bruno Langley, who played Todd Grimshaw in Coronation Street and Adam Mitchell in Doctor Who, plays Lawrence the photographer, and Joe McGann, whose credits include the TV comedy The Upper Hand, plays John.
Calendar Girls is directed by Jack Ryder with set design by Robert Jones, lighting by Tim Lutkin, costumes by Jack Galloway and music by Steve Parry.
Tickets are priced from £12.50 to £27.50. To book tickets contact the box office via: (01723) 365789/374500. Or for more information log on to their website via: www.futuristtheatre.co.uk.
The Whitby Gazette has teamed up with The Futurist Theatre to offer 10 pairs of tickets for the opening night performance on Monday 19 September, for lucky readers who can answer the following question.
What is the name of the actress who starred in the original film Calendar Girls?
l Closing date for entries is Monday 12 September.
Send your answers on a postcard to: Calendar Girls competition, The Whitby Gazette, 17-18 Bridge Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BG.
Alternatively, you can email your answer to: firstname.lastname@example.org