Calendar Girls (play)

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Calendar Girls is a stage play based on the film of the same name.

After a successful try-out at the Chichester Festival Theatre in September 2008 and a lengthy national tour,[1] a stage adaptation of the film started previewing on 4 April 2009 at the Noël Coward Theatre in the West End, opening on 20 April. The original cast included Lynda Bellingham, Patricia Hodge, Siân Phillips, Gaynor Faye, Brigit Forsyth, Julia Hills and Elaine C. Smith.

It was adapted by Tim Firth and directed by Hamish McColl.[2] While the play has been a financial success (it took in over £1.7 million in advance ticket sales), the critical reception has been mixed.[3]

The play closed at the Noël Coward Theatre in London on 9 January 2010[4] before embarking on a second national tour which began on 27 January 2010.[5] The show has had several different casts to keep it fresh and to also allow producers to bring well known actresses into the play who do not want to commit to long runs. The second national tour finished in December 2012.

Toronto's Mirvish Productions announced in February 2010 that a Canadian production of the play would open in Toronto in April 2011,[6] with the North American premiere actually taking place at the Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg in March 2011.[7] In Australia - Jally Entertainment will be touring throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia in 45 venues,during 2014.

UK cast[edit]

Original touring and West End cast[edit]

Second West End cast, July – October 2009[edit]

Third West End cast, November 2009 – January 2010[edit]

Touring cast, January – May 2010[edit]

Touring cast, May – July 2010[edit]

Touring cast, July – October 2010[edit]

Touring cast, October – December 2010[edit]

Touring cast, January – April 2011[edit]

Touring cast, April – August 2011[edit]

Touring cast, August – December 2011[edit]

Touring cast, January – May 2012[edit]

Touring cast, September – December 2012[edit]

Amateur Productions[edit]

The amateur rights have been released from 1 September 2012 for 18 months only. By August 2012, 520 applications had been received and 322 licences granted.[8]

Bermuda[edit]

On April 11, 2013, The Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society opened their amateur production of "Calendar Girls" at the Earl Cameron Theater in Hamilton, Bermuda. In addition to the stage play, the group also produced a calendar featuring the cast, producer and director in similar poses. Thanks to the sponsorship of local businesses, all the calendar proceeds were donated to Bermuda charities.[9]

Geneva, Switzerland[edit]

The Geneva English Drama Society (GEDS) produced "Calendar Girls" from 18 to 22 June, 2013 at the Théâtre Pitoëff in Geneva. A special charity performance attended by Angela Baker (Miss February in the original calendar) and sales of a calendar enabled a donation of CHF 6,000 to each of the Fondation Dr Henri Dubois-Ferrière Dinu Lipatti and the Fondation Artères, local charities targeting leukaemia and lymphoma.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Listing and review of Calendar Girls". The Stage Media Company website. Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  2. ^ Rachel Porter (14 August 2008). "As Calendar Girls is turned into a play, the stars reveal: 'Why we're proud to parade our wobbly bits'". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  3. ^ Michael Billington (26 April 2009). "Theater review: Calendar Girls". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2009-06-01. 
  4. ^ Noël Coward Theatre Website
  5. ^ Official Calendar Girls Website
  6. ^ Mirvish Productions website accessed 2010-02-22
  7. ^ Manitoba Theatre Centre website
  8. ^ Youde, Kate; Dicketts, Amy (5 August 2012). "Oh! The bare-faced cheek of it: Release of amateur rights to stage 'Calendar Girls' sparks record". The Independent (London). 
  9. ^ "Bermuda Sun review - BMDS production of Calendar Girls".