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Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls musical set to tour the UK

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02 Aug 2018
Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's Calendar Girls the award winning musical

The award-winning British musical comedy from Take That star and the celebrated dramatist, based on the famous story of the Calendar Girls, will be touring the UK in 2018 and 2019.

The Calendar Girls musical has already broken box office records after performances in London’s West End. And a new production of the show is due to open at the Leeds Grand Theatre on 16 August 2018, with the musical touring across the UK in 2018 and 2019.

The musical tells the story of the Calendar Girls, which began in 1998 when John Baker, husband of Angela Knowles, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. John sadly passed away after just a few months of treatment, but in the months following their loss, Angela and her friends in the Rylstone & District Women's Institute set about creating the now infamous nude calendar as something for Angela to focus on during this difficult time.

The Calendar Girls musical highlights the emotional impact that John’s disease had on friends and family who lived in his village in the Yorkshire Dales. And it captures the light and love of the Calendar Girls whom the musical is based on, bringing their utter determination in the face of adversity to life on stage.

We’re honoured that the Calendar Girls musical is supporting Bloodwise throughout the UK tour by donating all proceeds from merchandise sales. There will also be bucket collections at every show and we’d love it if you could help us beat blood cancer by collecting at a show.

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Earlier this month, the Girls caught up with the cast and crew of the musical at their London rehearsal. The ladies also met up with amazing fundraiser and Bloodwise Ambassador Paul Carless, who cycled from Amsterdam to the Yorkshire Dales earlier this month, inspired by their story and a lyric from the Calendar Girls musical about a flower truck that drove ‘from Amsterdam to Yorkshire...’, raising over £5,000 for Bloodwise.

The Calendar Girls with the cast and crew of the Calendar Girls musical and fundraiser and partient ambassador Paul Carless.

The Calendar Girls had started their fundraising aiming to raise enough money for a new sofa for the hospital where John was treated and were amazed when the calendar attracted international press attention. So far, they’ve raised nearly £5 million for Bloodwise, creating ten calendars, establishing their own merchandise line, and giving numerous talks about their experience. Their story has been transformed for both stage and screen - as well as Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new musical.

Find out more the Calendar Girls musical, including how to buy tickets.