STARS of stage and screen, including Helen Mirren and Lynda Bellingham, have sent messages of support for Newport Playgoers’ forthcoming production of ‘Calendar Girls’.
The idea to contact them was the brainchild of Phil Mansell of Playgoers’ publicity team.
He said, “I thought it would be a good idea to write to stars from both the film and stage version of ‘Calendar Girls’ and ask them to send us messages of support – and the result has been amazing.”
Helen Mirren, who starred in the film, sent two photos, one with the message “Best wishes for your production of Calendar Girls”.
Lynda Bellingham who was one the stars of the stage version wrote “Delighted to hear about your forthcoming production – I wish you and your Calendar Girls all the very best of luck. You will have a ball!”
Other celebrity members of the film cast who sent good luck messages included Celia Imrie, John Alderton and Annette Crosbie who wrote “To Newport Playgoers, all the best of luck with your production. Here’s hoping for a “full house” for such a worthy cause”.
Stars of the stage version who replied included ‘EastEnders’ legends June Brown and Anita Dobson, who wrote “May you have a riotous and happy run with fab audiences”.
Charlie Dimmock, who appeared in the stage show, wrote “Remember to take your bra off for the calendar scene…I’m talking from experience as I forgot.”
The messages will be up for the run of the play – for which we’ve had to add two more performances, due to public demand,” added Phil.
“Playgoers will also be bringing out a calendar in the style of the original produced by the Yorkshire Women’s Institute, which shot them to fame both at home and abroad. Featuring members of the cast, the calendar will be on sale soon, and from the sales, Playgoers will be making a donation to the leukaemia charity that the original WI ladies supported.
“The theatre bar will be transformed into a Women’s Institute fete with a variety of stalls,” he added. ‘Calendar Girls’ is at the Dolman Theatre from Monday 10 – Saturday 15 June at 7.15 pm, with an extra matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30 pm. There are discounts of 10% for group bookings. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk.