THE GIRLS is the true story of the Yorkshire CALENDAR GIRLS a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary.

This new musical comedy has brought together the writing talents of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth who grew up in the same village in the North of England and have been friends for 25 years.

THE GIRLS originally opened at The Grand Theatre in Leeds where it received standing ovations at every performance.






Michele Dotrice - Jessie

Michele is perhaps best known for her role as Betty opposite Michael Crawford in the BBC's highly successful series, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. Her other television credits include A Month in the Country, The Three Sisters, The Sextet, On the Eve of Publication, The Winslow Boy, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, Bramwell, Mrs Bradley's Mysteries, Vanity Fair, The Way We Live Now, Marple and A Thing Called Love. She also had a guest appearance on The Morecambe and Wise Show. Her most recent stage appearances include Nell Gwynn (Apollo Theatre); The Importance of Being Earnest (Tour & Vaudeville Theatre); The Ladykillers (Tour) and When We Are Married at the Garrick Theatre, London. Other theatre includes: Total Eclipse, The Servant of Two Masters and Same Time Next Year. She did many productions with her late husband, Edward Woodward including Male of the Species, Richard III, Private Lives, Dead Secret, The Assassin, The Beggar's Opera and The Cemetery Club.


Claire Moore - Chris

Her London Theatre includes: London Road (National Theatre, Cottesloe and Olivier); A Song Cycle For Soho (Soho Theatre); Fantine and Madame Thénardier in Les Miserables (Palace Theatre, Queen’s Theatre); Sally in Follies (Landor Theatre); Nora in The Betrayal Of Nora Blake (Jermyn St. Theatre); Anna Leonowens in The King And I (London Palladium); Nancy in Oliver! (London Palladium); Ellen in Miss Saigon (original company, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Christine in The Phantom of the Opera (original company, Her Majesty’s Theatre); The Duchess Of Malfi (National Theatre, Lyttelton); Felicity in The Real Inspector Hound/The Critic (National Theatre, Olivier); Anya in The Cherry Orchard (National Theatre, Cottesloe); Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Comedy Theatre) and Nimue in Camelot (Apollo Victoria).

On the radio, Claire has been heard many times, most notably in Songs from the Shows, Friday Night is Music Night,Jazz Parade and the acclaimed series of American Musicals for Radio 2; Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls; Marion Paroo in The Music Man; Agnes Gooch in Mame and Maggie in A Chorus Line.

Films: London Road and A Christmas Carol.

Television includes: Visiting Day; Have You Met Miss Jones?; Wood And Walters; The Making of Miss Saigon; the Christmas Eve concerts from the Royal Albert Hall, Joy To The World and the 2006 documentary Phantom of the Opera...Behind the Mask. Claire has also had the privilege of singing for Her Majesty the Queen in the 1991 Royal Variety Show and at Windsor Castle for the state visit of President Chirac in 2004.


Joanna Riding - Annie

Her theatre credits include: Eliza in My Fair Lady (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) and Julie in Carousel (The Royal National Theatre) both for which she won Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Actress in a Musical. She also received Olivier nominations for her roles of Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (The Royal National Theatre) and Jane Smart in Witches of Eastwick (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). Other roles include Babe in Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre); Valerie Profumo in Stephen Ward; Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace); Ruth in Blithe Spirit (Theatre Royal Bath and London’s Savoy Theatre); Maggie in Hobson’s Choice, Miss Gossage in The Happiest Days of Your Life and Mrs Cheveley in An Ideal Husband, all at the Manchester Royal Exchange. Other shows include Me and My Girl, Oh! What a Lovely War, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Lend Me a Tenor and A Little Night Music at The Royal National Theatre and Susie Trevor in Lady Be Good.

Joanna recently played Cinderella’s Mother in the Disney movie of Into The Woods.

Television credits include: Terri in Where the Heart Is, Melissa in Stella and Janet Fielding in Holby City as well as appearances in Doctors, Heartbeat, Midsomer Murders, Casualty and Jeeves and Wooster.


James Gaddas - John

Theatre includes: in the West End: Dad in Billy Elliot, King Arthur in Monty Python’s Spamalot, Bill in Mamma Mia!, JFK in Jackie, Yvan in ‘Art’ and Craze in A Passionate Woman. Also: Desmond in The Messiah (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Bobby Vincent in You Never Know Who’s Out There (Drill Hall); Lovborg in Hedda Gabler (Bolton Octagon); Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls (Manchester Library Theatre); Benvolio in Faustus (Manchester Royal Exchange); Kenny in Three Guys Naked From the Waist Down (Donmar Warehouse); Armand in Some of My Best Friends Are Husbands (tour); Laertes in Hamlet (Sheffield Crucible) and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (Southampton Nuffield).

Film includes: Starter for 10, The Human Bomb, The Black Candle, Girl’s Night, A Hazard of Hearts, The Pied Piper, The Last Days of Summer and Johnny Loves Suzy.

Television includes: Howard Munroe in Casualty, Neil Grayling in Bad Girls, Vinny Sorrell in Coronation Street, Dr Robert Nevin in Medics and, among many more, Waterloo Road, Tracey Beaker, Emmerdale, The Bill, Holby City, Casualty, Doctors, Jonathan Creek, Peak Practice, Back Up, Vincent, Grafters, Class Act, The Camomile Lawn, Between the Lines, Drop the Dead Donkey, Operation Julie, Ticket to Ride, Jackanory Playhouse, The Secret Servant and The Unknown Soldier. Also: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The Weakest Link and Stars in Their Eyes.



When: Saturday 29th July 2017, 2:30pm
Price: £69.50 (no booking fee, Front Stalls, Rows C & E)
  £59.50 (no booking fee, Front Stalls, Row A)

£49.50 (no booking fee, Upper Circle, Row C)


Where: Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, United Kingdom, WC2H 0JP

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If you'd like to see the show, please let me know which seats you would like by Friday 24th March at which point I will also require full payment to secure your ticket. 

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Please note: The cast may change at short notice due to illness or unforeseen circumstances.