Review: ★★★★★ Calendar Girls, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

After a successful run at London’s Phoenix Theatre as simply ‘The Girls’, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth have reimagined this story once again, to tour the UK. A sad but ultimately empowering story, Calendar Girls follows the members of a Women’s Institute who decide to make a nude calendar to raise money in memory of a late husband.

There is not a weak link in this production; every cast member brings something individual and exciting to the show. The comic timing is perfect and the cast work together as if they truly are a group of best friends. In particular, Sue Devaney and Rebecca Storm stand out not only because of their full, charismatic voices but their command of the stage, story and audience.

It is obvious who has written the music for this show – the tunes scream Take That, in the best possible way. A great mixture of upbeat and ballad, this isn’t groundbreaking or edgy musical theatre, but it is exactly what this show needs. The set is well thought out and detailed, giving huge depth to the stage. It would be easy in a show like this to add unnecessary cheesy choreography, but Lucy Hind’s work as movement director has avoided this perfectly.

This production has a perfect balance of fun music with hilarious scenes, and heart felt, grief stricken tear jerkers. The tour continues to London, Northampton, Blackpool, Chester and Bath. Click here for tickets. Take your mum, take your grandma – take the whole family. They might cry, but they will laugh more.

Emma Betty

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Emma Betty is 25 and a nurse in Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. Emma has the Les Miserables 10th Anniversary Soundtrack (On CD!) to blame for her love for Musical Theatre, which she found in her parents living room pretty much as soon as she was old enough to know what it was. She began combining her love for Theatre, the Internet and Writing while she was still at school, through various blogs and on social media. Having moved to London in 2013, she launched Upper Circle 4 years later. A couple of years on, she is delighted to have a small team and is so grateful to those helping Upper Circle to grow every day!

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