Calendar Girls are a treat not to be missed

The audience loved it and the entire cast certainly seemed to love performing it. Calendar Girls at Buxton Opera House this week is a treat not to be missed.

I wasn’t the only one with tears rolling down my face resulting from a combination of both laughter and sadness at this show which tackles the heart wrenching subject of cancer with considerable skill.

It’s no wonder Calendar Girls is still packing out theatres years after its first national tour with such a terrific troupe of actresses and a story to which pretty much all of us can relate. It was brilliant, funny and amazingly well choreographed.

The scene where the actual photographs get taken was priceless and great fun.

The moment when letters from the fans of the calendar girls fall from the sky and sad tales of other losses to cancer are revealed couldn’t have a left a dry eye in the house.

Lesley Joseph and Sue Holderness head up the cast as Chris and Annie, a pair of best friends who experience turmoil  after the loss of Annie’s husband, John Bruce McGregor, to cancer.

In his memory they suggest their WI raises money for a new sofa in the relatives room at Skipton General by posing nude (not naked) for next year’s calendar.

Lesley’s strong forceful but caring character is a foil for Sue’s softer nature and vunerability. The Birds of a Feather star’s comedic presence on stage was a huge hit with her audience of fans.

With help from Jessie, Helen Fraser, Ruth, Kacey Ainsworth, Celia, Kathryn Rooney, Cora, Deena Payne, and the photographer Lawrence, Kevin Sacre, they raise more than enough funds for the sofa and go on to national and international fame.

WI chairwoman, Marie,  played by Ruth Madoc, brought an extra dimension of comedy value to the whole production with her frustration at the success of the whole venture.

Calendar Girls was directed by  Jack Ryder and the script was by Tim Firth.

If there are still tickets left see it and you will feel uplifted. It is on until Saturday November 24.

For more details go to http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk or contact the box office on 0845 1272190.