“We’re going to need considerably bigger buns!” CALENDAR GIRLS THE GLOBAL PHENOMENON LIVE ON STAGE CALENDAR GIRLS has been the fastest selling tour ever and has triumphed in the West End. Now LYNDA BELLINGHAM and a brand new set of CALENDAR GIRLS will be touring the country. Starring alongside Lynda are GEMMA ATKINSON, JUDITH BARKER, LETITIA DEAN, JAN HARVEY and HANNAH WATERMAN. The tour opens at the Chichester Festival Theatre on Wednesday 27 January and visits Salford, Birmingham, Southend, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Newcastle and Sheffield with further dates to be announced. A group of ordinary women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire WI, spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference! As interest snowballs, the CALENDAR GIRLS find themselves revealing more than they’d ever planned… Most recently LYNDA BELLINGHAM appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and she continues to present ITV’s popular afternoon chat show Loose Women. Other credits include the long running series of OXO television ads and Helen Herriot in All Creatures Great and Small. GEMMA ATKINSON shot to fame playing Lisa Hunter in Hollyoaks and she joins the tour of Calendar Girls direct from the West End production. JUDITH BARKER, one of the UK’s most versatile actresses can frequently be seen on our screens. She is, perhaps, best known as the upwardly mobile homewrecker Janet Reid on Coronation Street – a role she played for eight years. LETITIA DEAN is best known as Sharon Watts in Eastenders a role she played from the opening episode for over ten years. Since leaving the show she has continued to make regular appearances back in Walford Square. In 2007 she was a much loved contestant on Strictly Come Dancing making it through to the quarter final. JAN HARVEY played Jan Howard in the BBC’s long running Howard’s Way. Other television credits include the BBC action series Bugs as well as Babs Woods in Family Affairs. HANNAH WATERMAN is probably best known as Ian Beale’s long suffering wife Laura in Eastenders. She joins the tour of Calendar Girls direct from the West End production. TIM FIRTH has adapted the screenplay of his smash hit Miramax film for the stage. The film was released in 2003 and was an instant hit at the box office, becoming the number one grossing film in the UK on its release. Tim’s other credits include the films Blackball and Kinky Boots and the award winning Preston Front for the BBC. His theatre credits include the plays Neville’s Island, The Safari Party, The Flint Street Nativity and the Olivier Award winning musical Our House. CALENDAR GIRLS is directed by Olivier Award winner HAMISH McCOLL. Hamish is probably best known as half of the double act THE RIGHT SIZE, who from 1988 created a unique style of comic theatre culminating in the smash hit The Play What I Wrote which won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment. Other credits include director for French and Saunders’ farewell tour Still Alive and the screenplay for Mr Bean’s Holiday. Design is by ROB JONES whose recent credits include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium and Rock’n’Roll in London and New York. Costumes are by EMMA WILLAMS, lighting design is by MALCOLM RIPPETH, music by STEVE PARRY, sound design by JOHN LEONARD with casting by SARAH BIRD. CALENDAR GIRLS is produced by DAVID PUGH AND DAFYDD ROGERS. Ends 27.10.9 For further information please contact Philip Lee at LEEP marketing+pr on 020 7439 9777 or email@example.com TOUR SCHEDULE Wednesday 27 January – Saturday 6 February Chichester Festival Theatre Oaklands Park CHICHESTER Box Office 01243 8781312 www.cft.org.uk Tuesday 9 – Saturday 20 February The Lowry Pier 8 SALFORD Box Office 0870 787 5790 www.thelowry.com Monday 22 – Saturday 27 February Birmingham Hippodrome Hurst Street BIRMINGHAM Box Office 0844 338 5000 www.birminghamhippodrome.com Monday 1 – Saturday 6 March Cliffs Pavilion Station Road SOUTHEND-ON-SEA Box Office 01702 351135 www.southendtheatres.co.uk Monday 8 – Saturday 13 March Grand Theatre and Opera House 46 New Briggate LEEDS Box Office 0844 848 2705 www.leedsgrandtheatre.com Monday 15 – Saturday 27 March Milton Keynes Theatre Marlborough Gate MILTON KEYNES Box Office 0844 871 7652 www.ambassadortickets.com/miltonkeynes On sale Wednesday 18 November Monday 29 March – Saturday 10 April Theatre Royal Grey Street NEWCASTLE Box Office 08448 11 21 21 www.theatreroyal.co.uk On sale Saturday 7 November Monday 12 April – Saturday 24 April Lyceum Theatre Norfolk Street SHEFFIELD Box Office 0114 249 6000 www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk On sale Saturday 14 November Tickets on sale at all venues unless otherwise stated. Booking fees may apply. Further dates to be announced.