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The Girls

Phoenix Theatre, London
The Girls
Phoenix Theatre, London
Our Review 5 / 5

Gary Barlow (Take That / The X-Factor) will have a busy year in the West End in 2017, when it is rumoured that three productions with music by the Ivor Novello Award-winning composer will make their West End debuts. The first of these three shows, and so far the only one to be confirmed, is The Girls. Written with Tim Firth, The Girls is a musical inspired by the hit film Calendar Girls which enjoyed huge success on its 2003 release.

Tim Firth wrote the film Calendar Girls, and grew up in the same town as Gary Barlow. They have been friends for twenty five years and The Girls marks their first collaboration.

The show premiered in November 2015 at the Leeds Grand Theatre, and also played the Lowry in Salford Quays in January 2016, both productions acting as tryouts for an intended West End run.

The London production opened in the West End in January 2017 at the Phoenix Theatre, produced by David Pugh, Dafydd Rogers and The Shubert Organization.


Based on a true story, The Girls focuses on a group of ladies who achieved something quite extraordinary in their quest to raise money to buy a sofa for the visitor’s centre at their local hospital. By appearing in a nude calendar, they raised over three million pounds and became a global phenomenon. The musical will explore life in the Yorkshire village they called home, how their actions affected their families, and how they gained international fame.

Previews from |
28th January 2017
Opening date |
21st February 2017
Booking from |
15th July 2017
Available until |
15th July 2017
Closes |
15th July 2017
Run time |
2 hours 40 minutes
Categories |
Tim Firth
David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and The Shubert Organization.
Tim Firth
Songs by:
Gary Barlow & Tim Firth
Tim Lutkin
Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster
Robert Jones
Lizzi Gee
Cast list:
Debbie Chazen (Ruth), Sophie-Louse Dann (Celia), Michele Dotrice (Jessie), Claire Machin (Cora), Claire Moore (Chris), Joanna Riding (Annie), Joe Caffrey (Rod), Jeremy Clyde (Denis), John Davitt (Doctor), Soo Drouet (Brenda), James Gaddas (John), Jenny Gayner (Miss Wilson (coffee)), Steve Giles (Lawrence), Maxwell Hutcheon (Colin), Shirley Jameson (Miss Wilson (tea)), Marian McLoughlin (Marie), Judith Street (Lady Cravenshire) and Jane Lambert, Rebecca Lewis, Victoria Blackburn, Frazer Hadfield, Josh Benson (Tommo), Ben Hunter (Danny) and Chloe May Jackson (Jenny).
Other info:
Musical direction and orchestrations by Richard Beadle

Phoenix Theatre Venue Information

Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP
Nearest tube:
Tottenham Court Road

Customer reviews

Our Review of The Girls


First a film, then a play, and now a musical, Calendar Girls tells the true story of a Yorkshire W.I. group's brilliant fundraising effort of creating a (discreetly) nude calendar of their members assets (with plenty of ass but no "front bottoms", as one character calls it) to pay for a memorial sofa after the husband of one of them dies of cancer. And it feels like it has now found its real home in the process, with the musical itself now an even bigger memorial to him, as well... Read more

Latest The Girls News & Features

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The Girls sets West End closing date at Phoenix Theatre
Friday, 26 May, 2017
Producers of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's musical The Girls have announced that the show will play its final West End performance at the Phoenix Theatre on 15 July 2017. The happier news is that a 42-venue UK tour will launch on 15 August 2018, opening at the Leeds Grand Theatre in Yorkshire - the home county of the original Calendar Girls. Gary Barlow and Tim Firth released a statement saying: “We are delighted with the reception our musical has...
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First Look at Gary Barlow's The Girls Musical at the Phoenix Theatre
Monday, 20 February, 2017
First production images have been released of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's new musical The Girls which opens at The Phoenix Theatre in London's West End on Tuesday 21 February 2017. The cast of The Girls includes Debbie Chazen, Sophie-Louise Dann, Michele Dotrice, Claire Machin, Claire Moore and Joanna Riding, James Gaddas, Josh Benson, Ben Hunter and Chloe May Jackson. Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new British musical is based on the inspiring true story about a group of...
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