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Calendar Girls the Musical returns in April

The girls are back for 2024 – with even more laughter, more joy, and considerably bigger buns! After opening to rave reviews this autumn, the brand new smash-hit production Calendar Girls the Musical, written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth comes to The Hawth.

Calendar Girls the Musical (9 April 2024 – 13 April 2024) brings together a stunning cast of music, stage, and television stars. Baring it all in 2024 are Laurie Brett (EastEnders) as Annie, Liz Carney (The Full Monty, The Mousetrap) as Marie Helen Pearson (Hollyoaks) as Celia, Samantha Seager (Coronation Street) as Chris, Maureen Nolan (The Nolans, Blood Brothers) as Ruth, Lyn Paul (The New Seekers, Blood Brothers) as Jessie and Honeysuckle Weeks (Foyle’s War) as Cora. They are joined by Colin R Campbell as John, Andrew Tuton as Rod, alongside Jayne Ashley, Lucas August and Victoria Hay in the ensemble.

Following the death of a much-loved husband, a group of ordinary women in a small Yorkshire Women’s Institute are prompted to do an extraordinary thing and set about creating a nude calendar to raise money for charity. But upturning preconceptions is a dangerous business and none of the women are prepared for the emotional and personal ramifications they will face as the fabulous and funny calendar brings each woman unexpectedly into flower.

The Calendar Girls
Calendar Girls 2024 Image: ©Jack Merriman.jpg

The Global phenomenon returns

The real-life story of the Calendar Girls launched a global phenomenon: a million copycat calendars, a record-breaking movie, stage play 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! This production sees this incredible true story continue to bloom, this reimagined book and new music sees the show packed with unforgettable songs, bringing the joy to life live on stage.

Calendar Girls the Musical (previously titled The Girls) was originally produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and the Shubert Organisation and is based on the record-breaking play Calendar Girls by Tim Firth, and the 2003 motion picture of the same name, written by Tim Firth and Juliette Towhidi. It is written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth and Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle with Design by Gary McCann, Lighting by Nick Richings and Musical Direction by Jordan Alexander.

Tim Firth and Gary Barlow said: “ The chance to look again with fresh eyes at our musical is something that came as an unexpected opportunity during lockdown and we’re both hugely excited not only with the shape we found, but also to work on a new production of it with such an amazing cast”

This tour is proud to be supporting Blood Cancer UK, the charity dedicated to funding research into all blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma, as well as offering information and support to blood cancer patients. Every performance continues to add to the millions already raised for Blood Cancer UK and prove that there is no such thing as an ordinary woman.

Tickets are available at or by calling The Hawth Box Office (12 noon – 4 pm, Monday to Friday) on 01293 553636.

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