I LOVE MY CALENDAR GIRLSAustralia’s leading theatre producer John Frost yesterday announced he will produce the British hit comedy Calendar Girls in Australia in 2010.
Calendar Girls, by Tim Firth, is currently playing to sell-out houses at the Noel Coward Theatre on the West End following the success of the fastest-selling regional tour in British theatre history. Audiences have been effusive in their praise for the play and its ensemble cast. Calendar Girls will open in Sydney and Melbourne early next year, with auditions beginning this week.
Calendar Girls is based on the very successful film of the same name starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, which in turn was based on an uplifting and inspiring true story that is quirky, poignant and hilarious. A group of extraordinary middle-aged women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire Women’s Institute, spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference! As interest snowballs, the Calendar Girls find themselves revealing more than they’d ever planned…
UK Producer David Pugh has wanted to turn the story into a play since first hearing about it. He said: “I dashed up to Yorkshire, armed with bunches of flowers, to try to persuade them it would make a great play. But they told me there was at least one film on the way so I knew I had no chance. When Tim asked me if I wanted him to adapt the film for the stage I had to say yes. It is such a lovely story.”
John Frost, David Pugh and Hamish McColl will be conducting auditions this week with actresses “of a certain age” from across Australia.
Source: Aussie Theatre