Calendar Girls is a stage play based on the film of the same name
After a successful tryout at the Chichester Festival Theatre and a lengthy national tour, a stage adaptation of the film started previewing in April 2009 at the Noël Coward Theatre in the West End. The cast included Lynda Bellingham, Patricia Hodge, Siân Phillips, Brigit Forsyth, Elaine C. Smith, Julia Hills and Gaynor Faye. Calendar Girls has had several different casts to keep the show fresh. This is also to allow producers to bring in well known actresses into the play who don't want to commit to long runs.
It was adapted by Tim Firth and directed by Hamish McColl. Whilst the play has been a financial success (it took in over £1.7million in advance ticket sales), the critical reception has been mixed. The play closed at the Noël Coward Theatre in London on 9 January 2010, before embarking on a second national tour, beginning on 27 January 2010. Toronto's Mirvish Productions announced in February 2010 that a Canadian production of the play will open in Toronto in April 2011, with the North American premiere taking place at the Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg in March 2011.