Calendar Girls and Bloodwise
Calendar Girls, the award-winning musical
We're delighted to say that a brand new musical Calendar Girls – written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth – will be touring the UK in 2018 and 2019. Tickets for the highly acclaimed musical are on sale now.
The musical is based on the true story of the Calendar Girls: the ordinary Yorkshire women of the Women's Institute who did something extraordinary. We're delighted – and hugely grateful – that Bloodwise will benefit from the shows.
Calendar Girl Angela Knowles said: “The musical is absolutely fantastic. 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're glad lots of people went and see 'The Girls' and that it raised lots more money for Bloodwise. That’s what John would have wanted, to help other people who get this terrible disease.”
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 were 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 are organising bucket collections at showings of the musical to raise vital money to help us beat blood cancer. We'd love it if you could take part and just a small amount of your time will make a huge difference to people affected by blood cancer.
The Calendar Girls story
The story of the Calendar Girls began in 1998 when John Baker was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. John sadly passed away after just a few months of treatment. In the months following John’s death, his wife Angela and her friends in the Rylstone & District Women's Institute set about creating a now-infamous nude calendar as something for Angela to focus on during this difficult time.
The group aimed to raise enough 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 over seven calendars, establishing their own merchandise line, and giving numerous talks about their experiences.Their inspirational story has been transformed for both stage and screen - and has now been made into a musical!