National treasure Gary Barlow has announced his latest musical project is to have its premiere here in the North West.
The Take That front man has teamed up with Tim Frith to create a musical version of popular show, Calendar Girls.
The pair will see their show premiere at The Lowry, in Salford, next January, before travelling to the Grand Theatre in Leeds.
They made their announcement in the same village hall in Burnsall, North Yorkshire, where the whole story of the Calendar Girls first began. Mr Barlow said: “We are over the moon with the reception our new musical The Girls has had here in Burnsall, and to have received the ecstatic blessing of the original Calendar Girls is something that is so so special to us.
“We look forward to its world premiere.”
The Girls is inspired by the true story of a group of ladies who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands who died of leukaemia.
Mr Frith knows the story well, having won the British Comedy Awards Best Comedy Film for Calendar Girls the movie.
This musical comedy shows life in their Yorkshire village, how it happened, the effect on husbands, sons and daughters, and how a group of ordinary ladies achieved something extraordinary.
And just as the original calendar did, the musical will also raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
The Girls plays at The Lowry from January 13-20, 2016.
To book, visit: www.thelowry.com/event/the-girls or contact: 0843 208 6000