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Tim Firth and Gary Barlow’s musical comedy The Girls, based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play Calendar Girls, is currently wowing audiences at London’s Phoenix Theatre (you can read our review here), but will end its West End season on 16 August.
However, the producers have now confirmed that the show will begin a UK tour from 15 August 2018, kicking off at the Leeds Grand Theatre before visiting over 40 other theatres across the country.
They said, “We are so proud and thrilled with this production, and we want to take it to everyone who wants to see it in the country, and at prices they can afford.”
Gary Barlow and Tim Firth added, “We are delighted with the reception our musical has received in Leeds, Manchester and now London, and are thrilled that the show will be visiting towns and cities up and down the country, so that more people can get a chance to see it and, we hope, also fall in love with The Girls.”
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, and have to date raised almost £5million for Bloodwise.
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.
Bloodwise, the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity, will receive monies from this production.
Tickets for the West End production of The Girls are on sale here. Further information on the UK tour will follow in due course.