Calendar Girls the Musical has to be THE best show to hit Hull New Theatre since it re-opened last year and I was lucky enough to be sat in a packed auditorium to watch it.
It’s the story of THAT famous WI nude calendar that took the country by storm and sparked lots of imitators over the following years.
This show is hilarious. My daughter and I were crying with laughter at the lines and in tears with the emotional moments. You will need a packet of tissues to watch this show.
Starring Fern Britton (ITV This Morning) Ruth Madoc (Hi de Hi, Little Britain) Anna Jane Casey (Eastenders, Corrie) Denise Welch (Loose Women, Corrie) and a stellar cast, we learned about the day to day lives of the WI members and their families. There was fantastic camaraderie between the gents in the cast and the supportiveness women can give one another, especially when John dies of cancer.
The calendar was only meant to raise some money for the relative’s room but achieved much more. There was a bringing together of the WI women to do something as radical as a nude calendar. The friendship between the women, their supportive husbands and even the stroppy teenagers was delightful to watch.
Of course, there was also lots of singing, this being a musical and the catchy tunes by Gary Barlow and the excellent script by Tim Firth had the audience clapping along and laughing all evening. The script is hilarious. Tim Firth is a great comedic writer who captures the humour between husbands and wives, friends and teens and gives some great one liners causing the audience (ok yes, I mean me) to laugh very loudly.
The final act depicted the photo shoot for the calendar. Yes, there was some nudity, but it was not in bad taste. It was not excessive in your face nudity and the audience appreciated the courage of the actors to disrobe in such a public place, applauding each woman after she had taken her pose. It was done with humour and great sensitivity.
The cast received a standing ovation at the close of the evening and this was well deserved. This show is funny, sad, emotive and uplifting and is not one to be missed.
It’s almost sold out but there are a few tickets left so go along and have a fantastic evening.
Yorkshire humour at its very best.