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NHS Nurses first to see The Girls in London

Published 20 January 2017

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth are offering nurses free seats to the Dress Rehearsal of their new musical comedy The Girls, offering them the chance to be amongst the first to see the show in London.

The Dress Rehearsal will take place on Saturday 28 January at 2.30pm. Tickets will be available in person from the theatre box office at 10am on the day on a first-come-first-served basis, on presentation of their NHS ID card as proof of employment – a maximum of two tickets per NHS ID.

The Girls is inspired by the true story of 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, and have to date raised almost £5million for Bloodwise. This 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.

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new British musical is based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls, and will open in London’s West End at the Phoenix Theatre, with performances from 28 January 2017. The West End premiere follows sold-out runs at the Grand Theatre Leeds and the Lowry Salford late 2015/early 2016. In the West End, the producers have made a commitment to there being no ‘premium-rated’ seats, no booking fees and reduced price previews.

The ‘Girls’ will be played by Debbie Chazen as Ruth, Sophie-Louise Dann as Celia, Michele Dotrice as Jessie, Claire Machin as Cora, Claire Moore as Chris and Joanna Riding as Annie. Also in the cast will be Joe Caffrey, Jeremy Clyde, John Davitt, Soo Drouet, James Gaddas, Jenny Gayner, Steve Giles, Maxwell Hutcheon, Shirley Jameson, Marian McLoughlin, Judith Street and Jane Lambert, Rebecca Louis, Victoria Blackburn and Frazer Hadfield, as well as Josh Benson, Ben Hunter and Chloe May Jackson.

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth grew up in the same village in the north of England and have been friends for 25 years. With Take That, Gary has written and co-written 14 number one singles, has sold over 50 million records worldwide and is a six times Ivor Novello Award winner. Tim has won the Olivier Award and UK Theatre Award for Best New Musical, and the British Comedy Awards Best Comedy Film for Calendar Girls.

The Girls will be 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, musical direction and orchestrations by Richard Beadle, with casting by Sarah Bird, and associate producer is U-Live.

The Girls previews from 28 January at the Phoenix Theatre; you can book your tickets through us here.

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