Casting has been announced for Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's musical adaptation of Calender Girls.
Entitled The Girls, the show will star: Debbie Chazen as Ruth, Sara Kestelman as Jessie, Claire Machin as Cora, Claire Moore as Chris, Vivien Parry as Celia, Joanna Riding as Annie and Harriet Thorpe as Marie.
Also in the cast will be Stephen Boswell as Colin, Joe Caffrey as Rod, Jeremy Clyde as Denis, Susan Fay as Brenda, Steve Giles as Lawrence, Richard Huw as John, Shirley Jameson as Miss Wilson, Judith Street as Lady Cravenshire and Karen West as the other Miss Wilson.
The Girls will premiere at the Leeds Grand Theatre on 14th November for a limited season until 12th December 2015. The show will then transfer to The Lowry in Salford between 8th and 30th January 2016. Further tour dates are extended to be announced.
Inspired by the story of a group of ladies, the Calendar Girls, the 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. Barlow and Firth both grew up in the same village and have been friends for twenty five years.