The Girls

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Gary Barlow’s musical based on the 2003 Calendar Girls film makes its West End premiere at London’s Phoenix Theatre. Penned by world-famous composer and musician Barlow, The Girls features lyrics and a book by the film’s original screenwriter Tim Firth.

The Girls is the real life story of a Women’s Institute group who decide to fundraise for a local hospital by posing for a raunchy-but-tasteful nude calendar. Inadvertently, the group become media sensations, and are soon hounded for their story. A heart-warming story that follows the close friendships in the group, as well as the strained personal lives, The Girls is sure to be a British hit.

Firth’s The Girls originally premiered as a play in 2015 at the Leeds Grand Theatre, and later at The Lowry in Salford in 2016. Based on the 2003 film which featured renowned actresses Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton, Linda Bassett, Annette Crosbie and Geraldine James, Calendar Girls is the uplifting tale that is bound to capture the hearts of London audiences. Now, the updated production will feature music by Barlow, which is sure to make it a West End classic.

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The Girls is the entirely new musical by Take That member Gary Barlow and playwright Tim Firth, based on Firth’s original 2003 film Calendar Girls. With music by Barlow and lyrics by Firth, the score is sure to be a hit, with Broadway spectacular Finding Neverland already under Barlow’s belt. Directed by FirthThe Girls features design by Robert Jones and lighting design by Tim Lutkin, with sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster.

Cast members include Debbie Chazen as Ruth, Sophie-Louise Dann as Celia, Michele Dotrice as Jessie, Marian McLoughlin as Marie, Claire Moore as Chris, Claire Machin as Cora and Joanna Riding as Annie. Further cast members include Joe Caffrey as Rod, Jeremy Clyde as Dennis, John Davitt as Doctor, Soo Drouet as Brenda, James Gaddas as John, Jenny Gayner as Miss Wilson (Coffee), Steve Giles as Lawrence, Maxwell Hutcheon as Colin, Shirley Jameson as Miss Wilson (Tea), Judith Street as Lady Cravenshire, Josh Benson as Tommo, Ben Hunter as Danny and Chloe May Jackson as Jenny.

Song List

  • “Yorkshire” – Full Company
  • “Girls”
  • “Scarborough”
  • “Who Wants a Silent Night?” – Cora and Company
  • “Mrs Conventional” – The Girls
  • “Sunflower” – Chris
  • “Dare” – Chris, Annie and the Girls
  • “Protect Me Less” – Danny
  • “So I’ve Had a Little Work Done” – Celia
  • “What Age Expects” – Jessie
  • “Kilimanjaro” – Annie
  • “My Russian Friend and I” – Ruth
  • “For One Night Only” – Full Company

Show Lengths and Times

The Girls began previews at the Phoenix Theatre on January 28th 2017, with an official opening on February 21st 2017. Performances are at 7:30pm every evening, excluding Sundays, with matinees at 2:30pm on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Show running time is 2 hours and 45 minutes, including an interval.

Suitable for Children?

The Girls contains nudity which is not suitable for young children, therefore parental guidance is advised.

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Reviews

Have you seen The Girls? If so please share your thoughts in the comments section below!

30 comments

  1. Saw this in Leeds, loved the story and cried lots as well as laughed lots. Can’t wait to see this in London for my birthday treat

  2. I have many musicals but this one is amongst the best. The story is well known but the lyrics and the script are woven into a piece of emotional magic. I laughed out loud in parts then later found I couldn’t hold back the tears. Sheer joy and a life affirming show. Can’t wait to see it again!!

  3. We also saw this at the Lowery in Salford, with my husband who is fighting cancer, we laughed and cried together can’t wait to see it again

  4. Saw it at The Lowry in Manchester, it was fantastic, so funny, fab music, a wonderful show – coming to see it again in London with some friends who are fed up with us raving about it!

  5. Saw one of the pre-production shows in Leeds and was so impressed. Cracking show which deserves a long run. My wife and I have seen all of the big name musicals over the last 20 years and this one stands tall amongst them. If you only see one show this year go and see this one.

  6. Saw this today in London as a recipient of a free nurses ticket (thank you by the way!!)
    I absolutely loved it….it was funny,emotional, touching and brilliantly played, the set was amazing too…will definitely bring my mum to see this!!

  7. Went to the opening night in London yesterday. What a fabulous show. Brilliant musical score gets you singing along then others that are so touching. An excellent cast who used the script to get across the message . Best of all Gary Barlow turned up and sang which made my friends evening. Highly recommended

  8. My sister saw this in Manchester and booked tickets for the opening night for our Mum’s birthday! Best musical ever, absolutely loved it especially the 2nd half! One minute you’re laughing and then the same breath crying! It’s a heart warming, energetic and an emotional show with an amazing cast. Seeing Gary Barlow come on stage at the end with the original calendar Girls was the highlight of the show!

  9. What can I say, fab, fab, fabulous. Did not want it to end, the cast are just incredible and you could see they were so enjoying doing the show. Would go back tomorrow if I had tickets.

  10. I laughed & sobbed. A rollercoaster of emotions. This has been beautifully reimagined. The acting is superb. The music is stamped with Gary Barlow’s energy and lyrics are just right!
    I wish the cast and crew huge success and love that you are fundraising after the show

  11. Laughed and cried and have sore palms from clapping! Such clever lyrics good musicality and an amazing set! Good and talented acting well worth it.

  12. We saw the The Girls at the Grand in Leeds, brilliant songs… Particularly liked the “Yorkshire Song” but then I am biased as I’m from Yorkshire, marvellous performances from all the cast, a lovely heartwarming story… You will really enjoy it.

  13. Fabulous show tonight Laughed, cried and laughed again. Loved it. Have seen other productions but this is by far the best. Well done everyone.

  14. Went to see the show with my friend on Saturday 4th Feb afternoon – 2 words – absolutely brilliant!! Standing ovation truly deserved.

  15. FANTASTIC. Must see it again. Standing ovation by whole audience. Can’t remember a theatre visit when I have laughed and enjoyed myself so much. Hope it will go on tour. Congratulations to all involved.

  16. Set resembles oak furniture store sale piled high. You have to be a certain age to appreciate the witty vocals, and more for ladies than the gents, even if there are a few high points to see. But very enjoyable and one of the better shows I have seen.

  17. Simply wonderful – laughed out loud and cried all the way through. Exceeded all expectations – only hope I get to see it again before it ends. Cannot recommend it enough xx

  18. Saw The Girls on February 11th 2017, had tears of laughter running down my face. Truly well done, a great believable cast and would go again.

  19. Just got home to Kent after watching The Girls. My god what a great show it was. Didn’t know what to expect but got more than I paid for. It was great. Thanks to the cast, will see you again.

  20. I’m a bit of a sceptic when films and plays that have been a success are taken into another category. I’m delighted to have been proved wrong on this occasion! What an amazing experience – even if you’ve seen the Calendar Girls film or play and think you know the plot, you’ve just got to see The Girls. Huge congratulations to everyone concerned. Like the other reviewers, I laughed and cried at the sheer enjoyment and brilliance from every member of the cast. Well done Gary and Tim. Xx

  21. Hadn’t seen the film. Wonderful interpretation with humour and sensitivity. Blown away by the music. Can’t stop listening to it. Gary Barlow set it on fire with dare… Keep this running at Phoenix. I want to see it again… Bring it to Scotland so we can all share… If you dare…

  22. I was lucky enough to see The Girls last night – absolutely brilliant – funny, moving and most of all so real – fantastic cast across the board – each and every one of them gave it their all and made it such a great evening to attend. A must see and I will definitely be back to see again. As a point of interest I am in my mid 40s and attended with my 19 year old son – he laughed and chortled the whole way through. So many congratulations and good luck for the future to the wonderful cast, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth – the show is pure genius.

  23. Saw this with a group from a WI from Essex. Fantastic performance. Laughter and tears. Added bonus the original Calendar girls came on stage at the end. Only downside – the seats at the Phoenix not enough leg room!

  24. Saw this tonight at the Phoenix Theatre with my mum. It is a must see! You will laugh out loud and you will cry throughout. The cast are fantastic, the songs are catchy and the storyline is meaningful and brilliantly played out! Let’s hope they can keep it going as I want to bring all my friends !!! Lovely theatre too !!

  25. Went to see the show on Friday 17th with my best friends and really wasn’t expecting it to make us laugh quite so much. Each character has been so well cast they played their roles fantastically. We actually sat just behind four of the original “Calendar Girls” who were in the audience. We laughed, we cried and then we laughed again, brilliant script with just the right level of humour. We are already planning our return visit. The theatre is not too big so you get a real feel for everything around you. Gary B has done himself proud as always – he can do no wrong in our eyes, but also big applause to the scriptwriting, the two elements were so well balanced. If you want to leave a theatre with a real feel good factor then go and see The Girls – a great night guaranteed, and if for any unknown reason you don’t enjoy it then you’ll never be pleased with anything you see

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