Joanna Riding in The Girls

The musical, The Girls, constructed by Take That singer Gary Barlow and producer Tim Firth, has revealed that it will be closing in the West End on 15th July but will embark on a UK tour in August 2018.

The musical is currently playing at the Phoenix Theatre in London where it opened earlier this year. 

Remaining tickets are on sale for the final West End performances, with details of the tour to be revealed at a later date.

The tour is expected to visit 42 venues across the UK.

The Girls: synopsis

The Girls is based on a true story, which was also told on the big screen in the 2003 film, Calendar Girls.

The story follows 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 late husbands, and have to date raised almost £5 million for charity 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.

Among the cast of The Girls are Debbie Chazen as Ruth, Sophie-Louise Dann as Celia, Michele Dotrice as Jessie, Claire Machin as Cora and Claire Moore as Chris. 

Words from the producers

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, producers of The Girls, commented: “We are delighted with the reception our musical has received in Leeds, Manchester and now London, and are thrilled that the show will be visiting towns and cities up and down the country, so that more people can get a chance to see it and, we hope, will also fall in love with The Girls.”

The show is also directed by Tim Firth, with musical staging by Lizzi Gee and comedy staging by Jos Houben. 

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You can read Group Leisure & Travel’s theatre review of The Girls here.