Chat show, soap opera and West End stars are joining forces for the first Blackpool visit of the smash hit stage version of Calendar Girls.
The most successful play ever to tour the United Kingdom has taken more at the box office than the original film with ticket sales in excess of £21 million and will be at the Opera House from September 26 to October 1 with performances daily at 7.30pm plus matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm.
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 and have confirmed a cast of Lynda Bellingham, Debbie Chazen, Camilla Dallerup, Jennifer Ellison, Jan Harvey, Rula Lenska, June Watson and Ruth Madoc with Bruno Langley as Lawrence the photographer and Joe McGann as John.
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 ads and Helen Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small.
Jennifer Ellison’s credits include 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.
Jan Harvey played Jan Howard in the BBC’s long running Howard’s Way. Other television credits include the BBC action series Bugs as well as Babs Woods in Family Affairs.
Rula Lenska joins the cast of Calendar Girls direct from Coronation Street.
Debbie Chazen’s recent credits include Annie in the BBC comedy The Smoking Room and a whole host of comic creations in the BBC sketch show Tittybangbang. June Watson, one of the UK’s most versatile actresses can frequently be seen on our screens.
Camilla Dallerup, one of the Strictly Come Dancing professionals, plays Elaine, and Ruth Madoc, best known as Gladys Pugh in Hi-De-Hi 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 whilst Joe McGann, whose credits include the TV comedy The Upper Hand, plays John.
A group of ordinary women, members of a very ordinary 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.
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.
Group rates available. Two for one offers on Monday September 26. Tickets from £10 (booking fees may apply).