Make a date with the Calendar Girls at The Castle

The Caste Theatre.
The Caste Theatre.

The story of a group of determined WI women who bared all for a good cause has definitely caught the public’s imagination over the past decade.

It was 2003 when the real-life Calendar Girls story was made into a film, and since then many professional and amateur theatrical groups have staged their own versions, taking their “bigger buns” to venues large and small across the country.

The latest of these is by Theatreworkz, which will take its amateur production of Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls to The Castle theatre in Wellingborough this week.

As the story goes, Annie Clarke loses her husband John to leukaemia so she and her friend Chris Harper decide to raise enough money to buy a sofa for the visitors’ lounge at the hospital.

The WI members make the difficult decision to strip off for a special fundraising calendar. But sales of the calendar prove more popular than its models could ever have imagined, even attracting attention from US TV shows.

Performances will take place from Thursday, June 27, to Saturday, June 29 at 7.45pm. There will also be a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday. Tickets cost £11 or £13.

To book tickets, visit www.thecastle.org.uk.