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In rehearsal: The Girls

Published 19 January 2017

Here comes The Girls, with preparations for the exciting Gary Barlow and Tim Firth musical well underway as the show prepares to begin West End previews on 28 January at the Phoenix Theatre.

The show stars Debbie Chazen (Topsy-Turvy, Smoking Room, Psychoville), Sophie-Louise Dann (Bend It Like Beckham, Made In Dagenham, Lend Me A Tenor in the West End), Michele Dotrice (Nell Gwynn, The Importance Of Being Earnest and When We Are Married in the West End and BBC1’s Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em), Claire Machin (My Fair Lady, Mary Poppins, Betty Blue Eyes and Memphis), Claire Moore (Miss Saigon, The Phantom Of The Opera, Les Miserables and London Road) and Olivier Award-winner Joanna Riding (Carousel, My Fair Lady).

The Girls is based on the inspiring true story about a group of ladies who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands – they have to date raised almost £5million for Bloodwise.

Directed by Tim Firth, with musical staging by Lizzi Gee, comedy staging by Jos Houben, design by Robert Jones, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster and musical direction and orchestrations by Richard Beadle, the musical comedy shows life in their Yorkshire village, how it happened, the effect on husbands, sons and daughters, and how a group of ordinary ladies achieved something extraordinary.

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