Immortalised in a hit 2003 film starring, among others, Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, the story of the Women's Institute members who bared all for a nude(ish) calendar to raise funds for leukaemia research is now a familiar one.
The sight of Celia Imrie smouldering naked behind two strategic placed iced buns, each cheekily topped by a glacé cherry, has been enough to provoke an endless stream of saucy well-meaning calendars from fire fighters to rugby teams. The film, which pulled in around $100 million worldwide after its 2003 release also inspired screenwriter Tim Firth to turn his attention to a smash-hit stage version which continues to tour, playing to packed houses everywhere.
The whole story is an improbable and remarkable one which helped that original leukaemia research fund the bold Yorkshirewomen (is there any other kind?) had formed in 1999 to top more than £3 million pounds thanks to calendar sales of nearly 250,000.
The unlikely celebrities (of the WI, lest we forget) will gather at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 7th October 2012 for a one-off celebration of all things Calendar Girls, joined by host Alan Titchmarsh, writer Tim Firth and a whole host of showbiz guests including Linda Bassett, Lynda Bellingham, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Jan Harvey, Willy Russell, Peter Skellern, Sir Richard Stilgoe, Stephen Tompkinson and more. It'll be quite a do and a fitting tribute to a remarkable group of women and their achievements.
We have tickets available now, priced from £28 for circle seats to £50 for the very best stalls.
The touring production of Calendar Girls continues to travel the country with dates available in Stoke and Dundee from October until December 2012 - a run which will feature Birds of a Feather's Lesley Joseph as well as Kacey Ainsworth and Camilla Dallerup among others - tickets available now. We also have tickets for a number of other productions.