The Girls dress rehearsal – nurses offered free seats

Tim Firth & Gary Barlow at the Phoenix Theatre, credit Matt Crockett

Tim Firth and Gary Barlow at the Phoenix Theatre. Picture: Matt Crockett

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth are offering nurses free seats to see the dress rehearsal of their new musical comedy The Girls at the Phoenix Theatre in London on Saturday 28 January at 2.30pm.

Tickets will be available in person from the theatre box office at 10am on Saturday 28 January on a first-come-first-served basis, on presentation of a NHS ID card as proof of employment – a maximum of two tickets per NHS ID.

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new British musical, The Girls, is based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls.

The ‘Girls’ will be played by Debbie Chazen as Ruth, Sophie-Louise Dann as Celia, Michele Dotrice as Jessie, Claire Machin as Cora, Claire Moore as Chris and Joanna Riding as Annie.

Also in the cast will be Joe Caffrey as Rod, Jeremy Clyde as Denis, John Davitt as Doctor, Soo Drouet as Brenda, James Gaddas as John, Jenny Gayner as Miss Wilson (coffee), Steve Giles as Lawrence, Maxwell Hutcheon as Colin, Shirley Jameson as Miss Wilson (tea), Marian McLoughlin as Marie, Judith Street as Lady Cravenshire and Jane Lambert, Rebecca Lewis, Victoria Blackburn and Frazer Hadfield, and introducing Josh Benson as Tommo, Ben Hunter as Danny and Chloe May Jackson as Jenny.

The Girls is inspired by the true story of a group of ladies, who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands, and have to date raised almost £5 million for Bloodwise.

The Girls will be directed by Tim Firth, with musical staging by Lizzi Gee, comedy staging by Jos Houben, design by Robert Jones, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster, musical direction and orchestrations by Richard Beadle, with casting by Sarah Bird, and associate producer is U-Live.

The show will be produced by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers and The Shubert Organisation.

Bloodwise, the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity, will receive monies from the production.

Tickets for The Girls are available HERE.

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