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Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0JG
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SHOW TIMES
Opened: 28 Jan 2017
Booking from: 24 Feb 2017
Booking until: 31 Jul 2017
Duration: 2 hours 45 mins (including interval)
THE GIRLS TICKETS
Friday

24 Feb 2017

7:30PM
Monday

27 Feb 2017

7:30PM
Tuesday

28 Feb 2017

7:30PM
Wednesday

01 Mar 2017

7:30PM
Thursday

02 Mar 2017

7:30PM
2:30PM
Friday

03 Mar 2017

7:30PM
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  • susannahrosemn 5"3 female 83 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Girls, 14th February 2017
    Really loved this new musical by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, which truly deserves this run on the West End. Wasn't entirely sure what to expect, but there is nothing twee or sickly about this heart-warming, joyful musical. The set is a little bit questionable and Barlow's songs don't exactly stick with you, but there's an impeccable cast at the core of this production, alongside an inspirational story. Thought the humour might be a little dated (especially as I was one of the youngest in the theatre), but it's just a genuinely very funny script, and I found myself laughing throughout. The three young actors were also excellent, and their side-story provided a lot of humour. Such a joy to see this musical in the West End and would recommend to anyone for an extremely enjoyable night out!
    Sat in Stalls H27
    A really great seat toward the front of the Stalls. This is one away from being at the end of the aisle, so legroom is ample and the seats are plush and very comfortable. It's a great view of the stage - a speaker hanging above the Dress Circle does cut off very minimal parts of stage right, but this really won't affect your enjoyment of the production. You could see the entire stage and every detail on the actors' faces. I would note that because you are toward the side of the theatre and near the speakers, the sound is occasionally a little badly mixed, so you might struggle to hear some of the vocals. But overall a great seat and would 100% recommend sitting here.
  • shaun 5"10 male 30 reviews 2 helpful votes
    80% total rating The Girls, 14th February 2017
    A very good musical that deserves its place on the West End. If you think this is you kind of thing then you'll almost definitely enjoy it. The story, although already been told on both stage and film, is very well done and manages to be heartwarming enough to merit being re-told once again. The songs are for the most part good, although few that are particularly incredibly and a couple do feel a bit nondescript. There are some good laughs throughout, despite a few moments where the humour feels a bit cringeworthy and dated. In general though highly recommended.
    Sat in Stalls H25
    Good view of the stage, although this is near the side it doesn't affect your experience of the performance at all. The Stalls have a bit of a rake meaning that those sitting in front of you don't get in the way too much. The legroom is good compared to a lot of theatres and the seat is perfectly comfortable.
  • britishtheatre 6'1" male 49 reviews 9 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Girls, 22nd February 2017
    One of the best new British musicals I have seen in ages. Check out my review - http://britishtheatre.com/review-the-girls-phoenix-theatre/
    Sat in Stalls K20
    Very comfortable seat with a great view. Nice and close to the action but not too close. Highly recommended
    K20 Stalls - Phoenix Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Stalls K20
  • vanhellsink1 27 reviews 2 helpful votes
    100% total rating The Girls, 7th February 2017
    Possibly the finest homage to womanhood, friendship and love to grace the London Stage since 'Beautiful'... Standing ovations well earned... Kudos to everyone involved you have a massive and well deserved hit on your hands.
    Adequate without being crucifying, be aware of 'slight' safety rail intrusion (as shown) which is NOT mentioned on booking websites incidentally and could possibly be considered a 'restricted view' seat? In the event it is not that troublesome and the view is otherwise perfect due to it being an aisle seat.
    B15 Dress Circle - Phoenix Theatre - Seat Review & View Photo
    View from Dress Circle B15
THE GIRLS SEATING PLAN
The stalls at the Phoenix Theatre have a good rake, allowing for good views, with even the front rows avoiding too much neck craning. The best seats are in the central section, although most areas of the Stalls will provide good views.

The Dress Circle generally offers good views of the stage, especially from the centre, but Rows A and B can be obstructed slightly by a safety rail, while the Upper Circle does slightly overhand the rear couple of rows. The Upper Circle itself is similar to the Dress Circle in layout, however the ends of the rows can give quite a side on view.
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STORY
The Girls is the brand new musical based on the hit movie and play Calendar Girls and is set to open at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End in February 2017, with tickets going on sale on 16th September 2016.

National treasure, knight of the realm and one of the busiest men in music, Gary Barlow’s newest creation is The Girls written with Tim Firth, the screenwriter of the original film.

This heart-warming new musical tells the true story of a group of Yorkshire women who create a rather racy nude calendar to fundraise for Leukemia Research, all under the banner of the Women’s Institute.

The original film was directed by Nigel Cole and released in 2003, starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, soon becoming a national film favourite, and making the tale of the daring Yorkshire ladies known throughout the country.

A stage play of the film, adapted by Tim Firth and directed by Hamish McColl came to the West End in 2009 at the Noel Coward Theatre, where it achieved great acclaim before going on a nationwide tour.

This new musical version sees Tim Firth team up with Gary Barlow, to create a show that has already received rave reviews when a read through to raise money for a blood cancer charity, close to the original Yorkshire location of the real life Calendar Girls. The production then amazed crowds in Leeds and Salford, before it opens for its full West End run.

Gary Barlow is one of the country’s most popular musicians, having fronted the pop band Take That for countless years, being an X-Factor judge on Saturday night TV and creating the hugely successful Broadway musical Finding Neverland which opened in March 2015 and ran for 17 months. Most recently Barlow has been heard on the soundtrack to the Eddie the Eagle film, before returning to his newest project.

Tim Firth is a much loved British TV, film and stage writer, having created much loved classics such as the original Kinky Boots and Calendar Girls films, as well as plays Our House and The Flint Street Nativity.

The Girls stars Michele Dotrice (Some Mother’s Do Ave Em) as Jessie, Debbie Chazen (Psychoville, Topsy Turvy) as Ruth, Claire Moore (The Phantom Of The Opera, Miss Saigon) as Chris, Sophie-Louise Dann (Made In Dagenham, Bend It Like Beckham) as Celia, Claire Machin (Titanic, Mary Poppins) as Cora and Joanna Riding (My Fair Lady, Carousel) as Annie. The show will also feature an all-star creative team including direction by Tim Firth, musical staging by Lizzi Gee, comedy staging by Jos Houben and design by Robert Jones.

The Girls is set to open at the Phoenix Theatre in on 21st February 2017, with previews running from 28th January 2017 and tickets going on sale on 16th September 2016.
Suitable For
The Girls is perfect for anyone that loves a heart-warming true story. With original writer Tim Firth and much-loved musician Gary Barlow combining forces, you can certainly expect a brilliant and moving performance that will both make you laugh and cry.
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