Helen Mirren Says Good Luck to Newport’s ‘Calendar Girls’

May 28, 2013

STARS of stage and screen, including Helen Mirren and Lynda Bellingham, have sent messages of support for Newport Playgoers’ forthcoming production of ‘Calendar Girls’.

Phil Mansell with some of the messages from stars of the film and stage versions of ‘Calendar Girls’.

Phil Mansell with some of the messages from stars of the film and stage versions 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.”

Good luck message from Helen Mirren

Good luck message from Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren, who starred in the film, sent two photos, one with the message “Best wishes for your production of Calendar Girls”.

Good luck Message from Lynda Bellingham

Good luck Message from Lynda Bellingham

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!”

Good luck message from John Alderton

Good luck message from John Alderton

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”.

Good luck Message from Anita Dobson

Good luck Message from Anita Dobson

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.

The cast of 'Calendar Girls' in rehearsal (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

The cast of ‘Calendar Girls’ in rehearsal (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“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.

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The ‘Calendar Girls’ are coming!

May 23, 2013
Newport Playgoers present 'Calendar Girls' (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Newport Playgoers present ‘Calendar Girls’ (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)


Murder most amusing!

May 3, 2013

 

Newport Playgoers present 'Murdered to Death'

Tipsy butler Bunting (Richard Dymond) creeps up behind Mildred (Eileen Symonds) and her niece Dorothy (Rachel Fenwick). (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Murder, mirth and mayhem are all on the menu  when Newport Playgoers present ‘Murdered to Death’, an hilarious spoof of Agatha Christie whodunnits.

A group of eccentric characters gather in a country house – only to be murdered one by one.  Can the inept Inspector Pratt and his put-upon assistant deduce who is the killer?

They have plenty of suspects to choose from, including a retired army officer, his strung-out wife, a drunken butler, the village spinster, a suspicious Frenchman and a supercilious socialite.

“This highly entertaining satirical parody is very much in the style of Peter Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau, and will appeal to anyone who loves a good laugh,” said the play’s director Chris Bissex-Williams.

Newport Playgoers present 'Murdered to Death'

All the unusual suspects: the cast of ‘Murdered to Death’ in rehearsal (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

Newport Playgoers present 'Murdered to Death'

The bungling Inspector Pratt (Lyndon House) phones for help. (PHOTO: PHIL MANSELL)

“I’m lucky to have some of Playgoers’ finest acting talent in the cast, and rehearsals have been almost as funny as the play itself. The characters have to deliver some outrageous innuendo and then look at the audience as if they’re not quite sure if what they’ve just said is rude. I’m sure audiences will love it.”

‘Murdered to Death’ by Peter Gordon is at the Dolman Theatre from Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 May at 7.15 pm, with an extra matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30 pm. To book tickets call 01633 263670 or visit www.dolmantheatre.co.uk. New members are always welcome to join and help out both onstage and behind the scenes.