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Calendar Girls

Calendar Girls

Everyone knows the story of how a group of extraordinary women, members of a Yorkshire Women’s Institute (WI) group, persuaded one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference.

The story of the Calendar Girls, as they then became known, began in 1998 when John Baker, husband of Angela Baker, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. John sadly passed away after just a few months of treatment, but in the months following their loss, Angela and her friends set about creating the now infamous calendar as something for Angela to focus on during this difficult time. The group aimed to raise enough for a new sofa for the hospital where John was treated and were amazed when the calendar attracted international press attention.

To date they have raised over £3 million for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, creating over seven calendars, establishing their own merchandise line, and giving numerous talks about their experiences.

Their inspirational story has been transformed for both stage and screen, most famously in 2003 on the release of a Hollywood movie starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters. A recent amateur dramatic stage show ran for 18 months, raising over £100,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.


Text CGRL98 £3 to 70070 to make a donation of £3 in support of the Calendar Girls.

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      • Sun, 11/05/2014 - 13:00 Afternoon Tea with the Calendar Girls

        Join the Calendar Girls for an afternoon tea celebration! 

      • Tue, 14/05/2013 - 19:45 Calendar Girls at the Bob Hope Theatre, Eltham

        This inspiring play by Tim Firth, based on the story of the real life Calendar Girls, will be performed at the Bob Hope Theatre in Eltham from the 14th to the 18th May with two performances on the Saturday at 2.15 and 7.45.

      • Wed, 06/02/2013 - 19:45 Calendar Girls at the Arthur Cotterell Theatre in Kingston

        Kingston Vale Operatic and Dramatic Society will be performing Calendar Girls from 6-9 February, and conducting a collection for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

      • Sat, 03/11/2012 - 19:30 The Bradfordians Dramatic Society Present Calendar Girls

        Amateur theatre in the great town of Bradford Upon Avon

      • Thu, 18/10/2012 - 19:30 Calendar Girls at the Waterside Theatre, Holbury
      • Tue, 16/10/2012 - 19:45 Calendar Girls comes to Carshalton

        Based on the true story of eleven W.I members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for Leukaemia amd Lymphoma Research, Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theatre history.

      • Tue, 16/10/2012 - 19:30 The Calendar Girls are Coming to Dulverton

        In January 2012 Dulverton found fame by turning off all its lights for the BBC’s “Stargazing Live” programme. Next month the lights in the beautiful Somerset town, often described as the “Gateway to Exmoor”, will go up on its production of “Calendar Girls”, the stage play from the famous film about the Women’s Institute which invented singlehanded the nude charity calendar.

      • Sun, 07/10/2012 - 18:00 Seasons of Love - Calendar Girls

        On October 7 2012, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research hosted a very special show, Seasons of Love: A Gala Celebration of The Calendar Girls.

      • Sat, 29/09/2012 - 19:30 Calendar Girls at The Kings Theatre, Newmarket

        Nomads Ltd performed the Suffolk Amateur Premiere of Calendar Girls at The Kings Theatre, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9JW 

      • Sat, 01/09/2012 - 19:30 Calendar Girls at the Trinity Theatre, Cowes

        A group of ordinary women, all members of an English Womens Institute, do something extraordinary and spark a global phenomenon when they persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference - they are nude! Based on an inspiring true story and adapted by Tim Firth from his smash hit film. Calendar Girls is quirky, poignant and hilarious. It is marvellous theatre, guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and come out singing Jerusalem. - Mail on Sunday

        The run starts with a gala fund-raising performance in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research on Saturday 1st September. You can enjoy  a drink and a light buffet before a great evening of entertainment.

        The run continues with performances on 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th.

      • Sat, 01/09/2012 - 00:07 Calendar Girls - Amateur production rights released

        The story of the Calendar Girls has touched hearts all over the country.

        From September 2012 the rights to amateur productions of the Calendar Girls stage show will be released for 18 months only, giving women up and down the country the chance to follow in the footsteps of the many actresses who have dared to bare all in the roles before.