Calendar Girls by Tim Firth, directed by Darryl Spijkers

Calendar Girls

Somerset West Playhouse presents another run of Calendar Girls – it was so popular in March 2017 that we’re showing it again this September!

Afternoons: 3pm on August 16, 17, 23
Evenings: 7.30pm on August 14, 15 16, 20, 21, 22, 23

Calendar Girls is a play about friendship, love and loss. It is an endearing comedy which celebrates women who have not ‘gone to seed’ but are at their most glorious – as real, quirky, funny, heartfelt, wholesome women: the svelte and the lumpy; the stars and the wallflowers. You may have women just like these in your own life – if you do, you are very lucky! Join the women of the Women’s Institute in northern England on their journey from tai chi to chips via a whirlwind of tears, trepidation, triumph and above all, laughter. This is a very funny play, packed with great one-liners!

Under the direction of HHDS chairman Darryl Spijkers (Wizard of Oz, Blood Brothers, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Steel Magnolias and more), and set design by multiple Cape Amateur Theatre Award nominee Zanodean Cassiem, the show is set to impress.

Calendar Girls has been huge hit on stages throughout the world. It is based on a true story of members of a Women’s Institute in England who created an “alternative” WI calendar to raise funds for the Leukaemia Research Foundation following the death of one of their husbands. The film, probably better known than the play, opened in 2003 to great acclaim, winning the British Comedy Award. Helen Mirren as Chris and Julie Walters playing Annie garnered further nominations. The play opened in the West End, London in 2009 and has now been re-created as a musical called The Girls which premiered in London on 28 January 2017.

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