It's safe to say that the 2003 movie 'Calendar Girls' has been incredibly popular.
Inspired by the true story of a group of Women's Institute ladies who decide to pose for a nude calendar in order to raise money for a local hospital, the screenplay by Tim Firth has spawned a equally successful stage show which ran from 2008 until 2012. Not to mention prompted numerous other groups to create their own calendars for good causes in the years since.
Earlier this year it was revealed that Firth would be teaming up with long-term pal and Take That frontman Gary Barlow to create 'The Girls' – a musical based on the 'Calendar Girls' story – that will premiere at the Leeds Grand Theatre on November 14.
Auditions have been taking place over the last few months, with a determined focus on finding local talent. The latest three to join the cast include 17-year-old Ben Hunter from Hull, 18-year-old Josh Benson from Hull, who will be playing the role of two of the calendar girls' sons, Danny and Tommo. They will be joined by 17-year-old Chloe May Jackson from Blackburn, playing the character Jenny, a girl who moves to Yorkshire from Lancashire and falls in love.
In March it was revealed that the musical had already taken £1 million in box office ticket sales, with a percentage of the money going towards Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research charities.
'The Girls', November 14-December 12. Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NZ. Tickets are on sale now from the website or by calling the box office (0844 848 2700).
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