West End Transfer Announced For The Girls %7C Group Theatre News %7C Gary Barlow%2C Tim Firth and the original Calendar Girls credit Matt Crockett

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s British musical, The Girls, will open at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End next year.

The Girls, which is based on a true story of the 2003 film adaptation, The Calendar Girls, and the stage play of the same name, will open on 28th January 2017.

The show is based around and inspired by a group of ladies who stripped off for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds for a settee, for their local hospital and in memory of one of their late husbands.

The musical depicts their lives in their Yorkshire village, how the calendar was made and the effect the bold move had on husbands, sons and daughters.

The West End premiere follows sold-out runs at The Grand Theatre Leeds and the Lowry Salford in late 2015 and early 2016.

The Girls will also see much of the cast from the 2015/16 production reprise their roles, such as Joanna Riding as Annie, Claire Moore as Chris and Michele Dotrice as Jessie.

Debbie Cazen and Claire Machin will also reprise their roles as Ruth and Cora.

Other casting includes Celia played by Sophie-Louise Dann, Joe Caffrey as Road and Jeremy Clyde as Denis.

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth both grew up in the same village in the north of England and have been friends for more than 25 years.

Gary is best known for being the frontman and lead vocalist of Take That, and has had other theatre experiences with the show Finding Neverland.

Tim Firth has won the Olivier Award and UK Theatre Award for Best New Musical, and the British Comedy Awards Best Comedy Film for Calendar Girls.

He is also responsible for theatre shows such as Our House, This Is My Family and the revival of Neville’s Island.

For more information visit www.thegirlsmusical.com.