The Girls at Phoenix Theatre tickets
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Overview

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.

Recommended 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.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for very young children

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 mins (including interval)
Opened: 28 Jan 2017
Press night: 21 Feb 2017
Booking from: 20 Sep 2017
Booking until: 15 Jul 2017

Location and map

Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H 0JG

362 Reviews Add review

The set, designed by Robert Jones, was really interesting and used effectively throughout. I liked the slick scenery changes whils... More

amandareynolds 5"6, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The set, designed by Robert Jones, was really interesting and used effectively throughout. I liked the slick scenery changes whilst the backdrop remained and thought that the projections above really added to the feel of the show. I saw quite a lot of covers but all of the actors were really good and you wouldn’t have known at all. I especially liked Soo Drouet who played Ruth. I felt her comic timing was just great and she was 100% in character throughout. We also saw Jenny Gayner as Annie and I thought she was really good. Her emotion was totally honest when John died and you could see it building as his illness got worse. James Gaddas, John, was also very convincing in the role. I especially liked Frazer Hadfield who covered the role of Danny. He was really funny and his facial expressions were realistic and not too over the top and fresh from stage school. He’ll definitely be one to watch for the future. As will Chloe May Jackson, who played Jenny. I didn’t feel she had the strongest voice but it got noticeably better throughout the show and by the second act she was really one to watch. I felt the first act was good but not hugely memorable. Some of the songs were definitely going to get stuck in your head, ‘Yorkshire‘ for example but it didn’t feel showstopping. It was also over very quickly. Saying that though the second act made up completely for it! I loved the bravery of the women on stage and the comic timing of it, considering the sensitive nature, was really good. As I said before I thought that Soo Drouet was great as Ruth and her song ‘My Russian Friend and I’ was really heartfelt. It was a sure crowd-pleaser by the end and I am sure that a lot of the audience went away feeling cheerful and happier about themselves. It was a very feel good show. Not particularly ground-breaking or hugely memorable but it suites its audience type and I am glad to have seen it. If you can get cheap tickets I’d recommend or wait until it goes on tour. One to treat your mum, auntie or grandmother to.

amandareynolds 5"6, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The Girls is a musical Comedy based on the Feel-good 2003 film The Calendar Girls which starred Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. Th... More

katierose 5"7, 62 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The Girls is a musical Comedy based on the Feel-good 2003 film The Calendar Girls which starred Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. The musical itself was written by the same screen-writer of the film Tim Firth, and Take That icon Gary Barlow. Based on a true story, It tells the tale of best friends Chris Harper and Annie Clarke. both members of the charitable Rylstone Women’s Institute in North Yorkshire. After Annie’s husband John sadly succumbs to leukaemia, the friends are motivated to take some action in the form of raising money for a new Sofa for the family room in the cancer ward in the local hospital. They convince the group to craft a tastefully nude calendar featuring the usual ladies’ activities of gardening and baking, as photographed by the young amateur Lawrence. Despite the disapproval of the Institute’s leader Marie, the calendar quickly becomes a best-seller and leads to more than the girls expected. This musical is one for all ages, it would be perfect though for a mum and dad date night, or family outing that would be hard to disappoint – making you chuckle throughout – especially at towards the end of Act 2. It sadly however has announced that it will be closing after its 6 month run on the 12th July 2017. Its sad to hear as so many of these new musicals are not gaining the respect they rightly deserved from the public, even with the fantastic reviews. I am so glad I managed to see it before it goes. I have heard however that it is going to tour in 2018, so I may just get the chance to see it again in the near future. I won’t hesitate to say yes. So I highly recommend that you try and catch this beautiful musical before it says goodbye! http://www.rosereview.co.uk/?p=1006

katierose 5"7, 62 reviews, 1 helpful vote

“One more year in Yorkshire”… or should I say “one more year in London please!”. The Girls definitely deserves it’s place at the P... More

laurenmaytheatre 5"7, 349 reviews, 8 helpful votes

“One more year in Yorkshire”… or should I say “one more year in London please!”. The Girls definitely deserves it’s place at the Phoenix Theatre. Based on the film ‘Calendar Girls’, this heart-warming musical comedy by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth made me laugh, cry, and return in the same week! The heart of the story is a sad one but the emotive songs such as ‘Dare’ and ‘Sunflower’ are inspiring. Combine these with the beautiful set and lots of laughs, The Girls gave me just about every feeling in the book. Fits of giggles quickly wiped away the tears in my eyes. The show received a well deserved standing ovation. I urge everyone to see this uplifting, hilarious, and beautiful musical. I know I’ll be back and that I’ll be leaving the theatre feeling like I can achieve anything I put my mind to with a smile on my face.

laurenmaytheatre 5"7, 349 reviews, 8 helpful votes

“One more year in Yorkshire”… or should I say “one more year in London please!”. The Girls definitely deserves it’s place at the P... More

laurenmaytheatre 5"7, 349 reviews, 8 helpful votes

“One more year in Yorkshire”… or should I say “one more year in London please!”. The Girls definitely deserves it’s place at the Phoenix Theatre. Based on the film ‘Calendar Girls’, this heart-warming musical comedy by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth made me laugh, cry, and return in the same week! The heart of the story is a sad one but the emotive songs such as ‘Dare’ and ‘Sunflower’ are inspiring. Combine these with the beautiful set and lots of laughs, The Girls gave me just about every feeling in the book. Fits of giggles quickly wiped away the tears in my eyes. The show received a well deserved standing ovation. I urge everyone to see this uplifting, hilarious, and beautiful musical. I know I’ll be back and that I’ll be leaving the theatre feeling like I can achieve anything I put my mind to with a smile on my face.

laurenmaytheatre 5"7, 349 reviews, 8 helpful votes

This show is one of the most unique shows on the West End currently. It is differentBecause it touches a place in your heart Which... More

AllThingsStagey 5 ' 4, 275 reviews, 2 helpful votes

This show is one of the most unique shows on the West End currently. It is differentBecause it touches a place in your heart Which other shows do not. The theme of the show is based around Subject that everyone has been effected by wether it is through family, themself or friends. The beautiful thing Is it shows us the way of coping with all the bad stuff that comes with cancer and almost helps us get through. Many people have been touched by the show and the beautiful story line. As well as this they have been touched by the actors in it. All the actors and actresses in this show are Phenomenal and show true emotion and understanding of how this show comes across to the public. As well as this the songs are catchy and touch you because they show empowerment, strength and fun. The girls musical is a must see show.

AllThingsStagey 5 ' 4, 275 reviews, 2 helpful votes

“One more year in Yorkshire”, or should I say ‘One more year in London please!”. The Girls definitely deserves it’s place at the P... More

laurenmaytheatre 5"7, 349 reviews, 8 helpful votes

“One more year in Yorkshire”, or should I say ‘One more year in London please!”. The Girls definitely deserves it’s place at the Phoenix Theatre. Based on the film Calendar Girls, this heart-warming musical comedy by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth made me laugh, cry and return back within the same week! The Girls gave me just about every emotion in the book. Saying that, whenever a tear was in my eye it would quickly be wiped away while I was in fits of giggles. The show received a standing ovation and rightly so. I urge everyone to see this uplifting, hilarious and beautiful musical. I know I’ll be back, and I know I’ll be leaving the theatre feeling like I can achieve anything I put my mind to with a smile on my face.

laurenmaytheatre 5"7, 349 reviews, 8 helpful votes

This show is a stunning and heart warming story of togetherness, love and friendship. The music is written by Gary Barlow and Tim ... More

AllThingsStagey 5 ' 4, 275 reviews, 2 helpful votes

This show is a stunning and heart warming story of togetherness, love and friendship. The music is written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth and each song has a clear character to it but also fantastic orchestration. The actors themselves are one of a kind all of them are amazing within there own way and have been in the industry for many years but really to bring the story to life. The set is clever and simplistic but also used in many different ways. This beautiful show will be closing on the 15th of July and honestly I beg you to see this wonderful production before it leaves it is honestly one of the best things in the West End currently.

AllThingsStagey 5 ' 4, 275 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The heart of the story is a sad one but the emotive songs such as ‘Dare’ and ‘Sunflower’ are inspiring. Combine these with the bea... More

laurenmaytheatre 5"7, 349 reviews, 8 helpful votes

The heart of the story is a sad one but the emotive songs such as ‘Dare’ and ‘Sunflower’ are inspiring. Combine these with the beautiful set and lots of laughs, The Girls gave me just about every feeling in the book. Fits of giggles quickly wiped away the tears in my eyes. The show received a well deserved standing ovation. I urge everyone to see this uplifting, hilarious, and beautiful musical. I know I’ll be back and that I’ll be leaving the theatre feeling like I can achieve anything I put my mind to with a smile on my face.

laurenmaytheatre 5"7, 349 reviews, 8 helpful votes

Very enjoyable show. The story is well known and goes along as expected. There are many laugh out loud moments along with the sa... More

Showgal 5"6", 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Very enjoyable show. The story is well known and goes along as expected. There are many laugh out loud moments along with the sadness captured beautifully in other scenes. To be honest, apart from a couple of great songs, I found the first half of the show a little slow moving at times but stick with it because, after the interval, the show really takes off (as do the clothes) and it is a riot set to music. We were roaring with laughter as the cast gave some wonderful perfomances whilst creating their calendar and "The Girls" thoroughly deserved the standing ovation they received.

Showgal 5"6", 6 reviews, 0 helpful votes
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