by Tim Firth

21-24 November 2012

Directed by Toni Mehra

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When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence.

The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theatre history.

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Cast

Chris – Ros Williams
Annie – Lynn Lunn
Cora – Stephanie Codgell
Jessie – Barbara Laird
Celia – Sophie Watkiss
Ruth – Janet Duchesne
Marie – Rosemary Gillett
John – Derek Holland
Rod – Richard Stevenson
Lawrence – Lawrence Robinson
Lady Cranvenshire – Alison Organ
Elaine – Rachel Unicomb
Liam – Andrew Burnett

Director – Toni Mehra
Stage Manager – Chrissie Robinson
Lighting and Sound – Nigel Cassford
Stage Crew – Linda Bradley, Yverne Roscoe, Rosie Pickersgill
Costumes – Jo Compton, Toni Mehra
Set – Tony Woodliffe, Mike Charman, David Whittall, Yvie Barraclough, Janet Duchesne