We're delighted to share the news that The Girls (and their sunflowers!) will be heading to stages later this year. This brand new British musical is written by Tim Firth, who wrote the screenplay for the Calendar Girls film and stage show, and a certain Gary Barlow.
The musical comedy, which Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research will receive donations from, shows life in the girls' Yorkshire village, how the 'Alternative WI calendar' happened, and the effect it had on husbands, sons and daughters – importantly highlighting the emotional impact of the disease on family and friends, as well as the patient.
We hear the play is laugh out loud funny, heart-warming and will fill your eyes with tears - but most of all it captures the light and love of the girls whom the musical is based on, and brings their utter determination in the face of adversity, to life on stage.
The world premiere of The Girls will take place at the Grand Theatre Leeds from Saturday 14 November to Saturday 12 December. The production will then move to the Lowry Salford from 13 to 30 January 2016.
Angela Baker, whose husband's death from non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1998 was the reason for the fundraising calendar, said: “It’s fantastic that we’re going to have a musical. John would have been so proud. As a family it helps us believe that he didn’t die in vain, that he’s been a part of it and with us every step of the way.
"We hope lots of people go and see The Girls, and that it’ll be successful and raise lots more money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. That’s what John would have wanted, to help other people who get this terrible disease.”
Cathy Gilman, our Chief Executive said: “The girls have had the most incredible journey since that very first calendar back in 1999, and I am thrilled for them and their loved ones that their astonishing story will continue to be shared, and that the memory of John will continue to live on and inspire for many years to come.”
Gary Barlow and Tim Firth grew up in the same village in the north of England and have been friends for 25 years. They said: “We're over the moon to have received the ecstatic blessing of the original Calendar Girls: it's something that is so so special to us. We look forward to its world premiere on November 14 at the Leeds Grand Theatre.”
For more information, including how to buy tickets, please visit thegirlsmusical.com