Cheeky date for your Calendar

Lynda Bellingham - Calendar Girls, Blackpool Opwera House
Lynda Bellingham - Calendar Girls, Blackpool Opwera House
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The smash hit stage version of record-breaking British film Calendar Girls is coming to Blackpool Opera House in September.

Since opening at the Chichester Festival Theatre in September 2008, Calendar Girls has been an unprecedented success playing more than 100 sell-out weeks at theatres across the country, as well as a triumphant run in London’s West End.

It has become the most successful play to ever tour the UK and has grossed more at the box office than the smash hit film.

Now, as part of its final ever tour, Lynda Bellingham (pictured right) and a yet to be confirmed cast are coming to Blackpool Opera House for a week from Monday, September 26 to Saturday October 1.

Tickets are priced from £12.50 to £27.50, go on sale at 11am tomorrow.

Producer David Pugh said: “I’m thrilled that Calendar Girls will be coming to Blackpool.

“Over the past two years, we’ve sold out at every single theatre we’ve visited, and I have no doubt that we’ll do the same at Blackpool Opera House in September.

“It’s fantastic that the people of Lancashire will have the chance to see the show on their doorstep, and I hope that it will be another reason for visitors to make Blackpool their holiday destination this autumn.

“I’m also delighted that Lynda Bellingham will be leading an all star cast – watch this space for more details.”

A group of extraordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire WI, persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference. Puzzling their husbands, mortifying their children, and riding the wrath of an outraged WI, they inadvertently spark a global phenomenon.

As interest in the calendar snowballs, the ladies find themselves revealing more than they’d ever planned.

An original star of Calendar Girls, Lynda Bellingham continues to present ITV’s popular afternoon chat show Loose Women.

Other credits include the long-running series of Oxo television commercials, and Helen Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small.

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 theatre credits include the plays Neville’s Island, The Safari Party, The Flint Street Nativity and the Olivier Award winning musical Our House.

Tickets can booked on 0844 8561111, online at, and the Winter Gardens box office, from tomorrow at 11am.

There is a special offer of two-for-one on opening night.

Group rates are available for bookings of more than 10 seats.