“ On stage at the Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4AU, England. „
If you read my reviews you'll know that a few months ago we celebrated my dear mums 60th birthday.
One of the gifts that we chose for her was a girlie day (no grandchildren lol ) in London ending with a show.
We toyed with a few shows but opted for Calendar girls and we were NOT disappointed.
Everyone knows the general story. A group of extraordinary women, members of a very boring Yorkshire Womens Institute, after the death of a friends dear husband John Baker, decide to rally around and raise money (for a couch in the relatives room) in a very eye brow raising way! A WI calendar with a difference, spurred on by a tear-jerking speech written by the husband before he died which likened the women of Yorkshire to a budding sunflower.
To date, these brave ladies have raised more than £1.5 million for Leukaemia Research, they have been the subject of a smash hit Hollywood film( Helen Mirren and Julie Walters), and now their story is re-enacted in a hit stage show. (So much for the couch!)
Calendar girls is a truly British story, it has you in stitches and tears all at once. And this show was no exception.
Written by Tim Firth this West End show stars Lynda Bellingham, Patricia Hodge, Siân Phillips, Gaynor Faye, Brigit Forsyth, Julia Hills and Elaine Smith.
Im sure youll agree such a star studded cast! Only thing was I kept waiting for an oxo cube to be produced!
I have heard that the cast changes at the end of July to include none other than Eastenders favourite grandma June Brown !
The cast was perfect in my eyes with Gaynor Faye and Lynda Bellingham shining through for me. And yes these actresses did 'get their kit off' and it was all done in the most tasteful of ways with the whole audience cheering as each member 'stripped' off. It must truly have taken some guts.
It is showing at the Noel Coward Theatre in St Martins Lane near Leicester SQuare. Its not one of the bigger theatres and took a little searching for it but is a truly amazing building once inside. We went to a Friday evening show and the three tiered theatre was at full capacity.
If you decide to see this show I would recommend tube to Leicester Square. You will see the Wyndhams Theatre almost immediately and you need to find yourself almost behind this theatre to find the Noel Coward Theatre.
Performance times for this show are as follows
7.30pmTuesday - Saturday
2.30pmWednesday, Thursday & Saturday
We had very good seats and paid £38.50 for them. I think the pricing styructure is £48.50, £38.50, £31.50 and £24.50.
The £1.50 booking fee is donated to Leukemia Research
The show left me with areal 'feel good' factor. I went in excited, I laughed, cried and cheered my way through the marvellous performance.
(I did cry at the price of bottled water and Hagen Das Ice-cream).
Money permitting, I would definately go to see this show again.
Tim Firth's adaptation of the hit film Calendar Girls.