It seems that Calendar Girls is immensely popular, not that that was ever in question, it is an amazing production and an amazing feat for any Amateur theatre company. But I sincerely hope that whilst there seem to be hundreds of companies that are desperate to take this opportunity to bare all and perform, the spirit of the original ladies isn't forgotten.
I spotted this piece online at The Independent. Here's an edited version of the full article published last year:.
Naked fury! Why Calendar
Girls are going into battle
Rows and cancelled
performances mar the release of amateur production rights for the hit show to
raise money for charity.
The tale of Calendar Girls is one of mutual support and
female solidarity that brought global fame to the women who inspired the story.
But now a war has broken out among amateur thespians vying to stage the hit
play, says its producer.
rights for the play, based on the true story of members of Rylstone and
District Women's Institute in Yorkshire stripping off for a charity calendar,
are being released for the first time for 12 months from 1 September next year.
The producers hope to establish a Guinness World Record for the most
productions of one play in a year, with a percentage of the royalties going to
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research..
are ladies all over the country wanting to take off their clothes," said
Mr Pugh, who did not realise that the rights release would prove quite so
demand for Calendar Girls was "quite unprecedented": Samuel French
has received 302 applications from UK amateur groups, and issued 154 licences.
The company now warns applicants of the show's popularity and that other groups
in their area may be performing it. .
The real-life Calendar Girls of the Rylstone and District WI posed naked for
a 2000 calendar in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research following the death
of John Baker, the husband of a Rylstone WI member, from non-Hodgkin's
Mr Baker's widow Angela, 65, of Linton in Yorkshire, who is now married to
the Rev Charles Knowles, was the original Miss February. She welcomed the
release of the amateur rights and hoped groups enjoyed performing the play.
theatre group, Grassington Players, of which Mr Baker was house manager, will
perform the amateur premiere of Calendar Girls on 31 August next year. She
admitted the production might be a "little bit harder to watch" as it
would be done by people she saw every day rather than famous actresses she did
was well known in the area," she added. "It will be difficult
wondering who is going to play him, and it may be hard for the person playing
him who lives locally.
think we will all feel it a bit strange. It's very close to home."