Luton Library Theatre
Dates: Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 September 2012
Times: 7,45pm plus 3pm matinee on Sat 15
Tickets: Thursday £8, Friday £10, Saturday 3pm £8, Saturday 7.45pm £10
Box Office: 07906 075455
The Griffin Players are set to present an amateur performance of Calendar Girls at the Luton Library Theatre. The well-known story, based on the Miramax motion picture by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth, will be brought to life on stage from 13th to 15th September.
When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members – Cora, Celia, Ruth and Jessie to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer, Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.
Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls is the fastest selling play in British theatre history.
In a note on nudity, the Griffin players remind their audience that there is no nudity directly on show during the performance. Whilst the six main characters will need to be brave, the art of the plays nudity lies in what is withheld. It is described as ‘fabulous concealment’; if we see anything we oughtn’t, the whole scene would fall apart.
Tickets from £8. To book, or for more information, call the Box Office on 01582 57474 or visit www.lutonculture.com. Alternatively you can order your tickets from Griffin Players Box Office on 07906 075455, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.