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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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Kinky Boots – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music and Lyrics: Cindi Lauper Book: Harvey Fierstein Director and choreographer: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Kelyn Luther The original film, Kinky Boots, was written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, the latter of which wrote Calendar Girls (the musical adaptation is running at Theatre Royal Plymouth from 22nd July 2019). Charlie Price (Joel Harper-Jackson) inherits a shoe factory from his father, but ...

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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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This Is My Family – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Steve Turner Billed as a musical, but more accurately described by writer Tim Firth as a musical play, This Is My Family tells the story of a fairly typical modern family, bordering on dysfunctional, which is almost a pre-requisite for the theatrical world these days. Thankfully the cast lift this above the ‘norm’ ...

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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 – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Tim Firth and Gary Barlow Director: Matt Ryan Reviewer: Dan English Preconceptions are thrown out of the window, along with pretty much everything else, as the Calendar Girls lay everything bare as part of its UK tour, reaching Dartford’s Orchard Theatre. Continuing their successful musical theatre partnership, Tim Firth and Gary Barlow combine again to provide an entertaining book ...

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The Band – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder Music: Take That Reviewer: Dan English There’s nineties nostalgia aplenty in The Band, the triumphant new musical, which combines the pen of Tim Firth and the songs of Take That, putting every punter of a certain age back in the midst of their pop band obsession. It’s a feeling we’re all ...

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The Band – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Tim Firth Music: Take That Director: Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder Reviewer: Lauren Maughan Watching a performance of The Band is a night you’ll never forget. Great songs, a great cast and a great bit of nostalgia for some of us– this show is one not to be missed. The story travels us through time, from the past to the ...

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