CALENDAR GIRLS has become the most successful play ever to tour the United Kingdom and has taken more at the box office than the original film with ticket sales in excess of £21 million. As part of the final tour, CALENDAR GIRLS is coming to Grand Canal Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.
Starring Lynda Bellingham, Jennifer Ellison, Trudie Goodwin, Ruth Madoc, Bernie Nolan, Lisa Riley, Gwen Taylor, Dianoa Moran, Bruno Langley, Joe McGann with Danielle Lineker making her stage debut, CALENDAR GIRLS is at Grand Canal Theatre from February 7 – February 19 2011 and early in the New Year the Leinster Express and Offaly Express will run a wonderful competition to win tickets for Opening Night. The 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. “We’re going to need considerably bigger buns!”
A group of ordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire Women’s Institute group (similar to the Irish Countrywomen’s Association), 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…
Original star of CALENDAR GIRLS, Lynda Bellingham continues to present UTV’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. Trudie Goodwin joins Calendar Girls after 23 years as Sergeant June Ackland in The Bill.
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. BERNIE NOLAN, shot to fame as lead vocalist of The Nolans. Other credits include Brookside and The Bill as well as Blood Brothers on stage. Television legend Gwen Taylor’s include Duty Free, Yes Prime Minister and Heartbeat.
Diana Moran, the legendary Green Goddess, plays Lady Cravenshire and Danielle Linkeker, making her stage debut, plays Elaine. Joe McGann, whose credits include the TV comedy The Upper Hand, plays John. Bruno Langley, who played Todd Grimshaw in Coronation Street and Adam Mitchell in Doctor Who, plays Lawrence the photographer.
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.