David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers have announced the new cast for the UK & Ireland Tour of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical comedy, Calendar Girls The Musical, based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth.
Starring Sarah Jane Buckley as Annie, Sue Devaney as Cora, Julia Hills as Ruth, Judy Holt as Marie and Lisa Maxwell as Celia, the new cast will make their debut at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, on 23 April 2019.
Ruth Madoc and Rebecca Storm will continue to play Jessie and Chris respectively.
Karen Dunbar will return to play Cora when the production visits Glasgow’s King’s Theatre from 11-22 June.
Also in the cast are Phil Corbitt as John, Ian Mercer as Rod, Sebastian Aberneri as Colin, Alan Stocks as Denis, Pauline Daniels as Lady Cravenshire, Ellie Leah as Miss Wilson, Danny Howker as Danny, Isabel Caswell as Jenny, Derek Elroy as Lawrence, and Tyler Dobbs as Tommo.
Calendar Girls The Musical is inspired by the true story of a group of ladies, who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands, and have to date raised almost £5million for Bloodwise. This musical comedy shows life in their Yorkshire village, how it happened, the effect on husbands, sons and daughters, and how a group of ordinary ladies achieved something extraordinary.
Bloodwise, the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity, will continue to receive monies from this production.