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Calendar Girls The Musical –  Storyhous,  Chester

Writers: Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Directo:  Matt Ryan Reviewer:  Emma Dutton This autumn, Chester’s Storyhouse brings the award-winning Calendar Girls The Musical to stage for a five day run.  The musical, put together by Tim Firth and Take That’s Gary Barlow, tells the true story of a group of ordinary Yorkshire ladies who join forces to produce the infamous ...

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Calendar Girls: The Musical – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Music: Gary Barlow Lyrics: Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Director: Matt Ryan Reviewer: Clare White It’s been 16 years since the film Calendar Girls was released, inspired by a true story about a Women’s Institute group from Yorkshire who ditched jam and Jerusalem to bare all for a nude charity calendar. It was the brainchild of Chris Harper, who wanted ...

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Calendar Girls – The Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Gary Barlow Lyrics: Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Director: Matt Ryan Reviewer: Kelyn Luther This is not the first adaptation of the film Calendar Girls. The original stage adaptation (non-musical) had two national tours, the second of which lasted for two years. Will Gary Barlow’s musical adaptation, previously titled The Girls, equal this success and does it capture the ...

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Calendar Girls – Bristol Hippodrome

Writers: Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Director: Matt Ryan Designer: Robert Jones Reviewer: Julia Beasley Getting naked for charity was a cheeky move by 11 female friends in North Yorkshire over 20 years ago. Modestly poised with sunflowers, teapots and currant buns,  their Women’s Institute nude calendar started life as a local controversy. It was all quietly subversive and heaps ...

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Calendar Girls the Musical – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music and lyrics: Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Director; Matt Ryan  Reviewer: Barbara Michaels With a new cast including the talented and deservedly popular Lesley Joseph, Calendar Girls the Musical, with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, based on the award-winning film Calendar Girls written by Firth and Juliette Towhidi, opened on stage in the Wales Millennium ...

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Calendar Girls the Musical – Sheffield Lyceum

Writers, music & lyrics: Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Director: Matt Ryan Movement: Lucy Hind Reviewer: Janet Jepson The Women’s Institute was set up in 1915 to bring together women from all walks of life, an organisation that claims to be based on the ideals of fellowship, truth, tolerance and justice. No mention of stripping off and posing naked with ...

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Calendar Girls: The Musical – Liverpool Empire

Writers: Tim Firth & Gary Barlow Director: Matt Ryan Reviewer: John Roberts Tim Firth is no stranger to Calendar Girls having penned the original movie screenplay in 2003 and then the stage production in 2008. Now working in partnership with singer/songwriter and lead singer of Take That, Gary Barlow, the pair have re-worked the cheeky true story of a group of ...

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Calendar Girls, the Musical – The Grand, Leeds

Writers:  Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Design: Robert Jones Musical Staging: Lucy Hind Director: Matt Ryan Orchestrations: Steve Parry Reviewer: Rob Atkinson To judge a musical theatre rendition of a story against its original movie production, or even against the in-between incarnation of a stage play, is to risk comparing chalk with cheese; they’re simply different animals with different types ...

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