The Regent Theatre lifted the curtain on it’s latest smash, Calendar Girls last night.

The true story of of a local Women’s Institute from Yorkshire who braved and bared all for a calendar following the death of a husband of one of it’s members’

With household names like Tim Firth and Gary Barlow and add to that, local born award winning producer David Pugh, the expectations were high and what’s more it lived up to them and more.

The dialogue is witty, charming and often hilarious. The music was fantastic, raging from the very touching “Scarborough” right through to the toe-tapping “Sunflower”. Be sure to pick up a CD from the foyer as you will want to hear this soundtrack again and again.

Household names such as Denise Welch, Ruth Madoc and a much welcomed return to treading the boards for Fern Britton are joined by Sara Crowe (Four Weddings, Carry On Columbus), Rebecca Storm (Aspects Of Love, Evita), Karen Dunbar (Chewin’ The Fat) and Anna Jane-Casey (Stepping Out, Billy Elliot) and they shone as a cast. The chemistry, timing and delivery was brilliant and totally immersing.

It’s a wonderful tribute to the ladies of the WI who truly did something inspirational and memorable and whose tale deserves to be immortalised in this fantastic musical which did so well in the West End. Be sure to bring at least two tissues with you to see this, one for the laughter and the other for the tears.

The show runs until Saturday 17th November including several matinee shows, you can buy your tickets here

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