Phoenix Theatre

Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP GB

The Girls

The Girls Tickets

based on 11 reviews

Phoenix Theatre

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Booking until: Thursday, 21 September 2017

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes

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Booking from:
Saturday, 28 January 2017

Booking until:
Thursday, 21 September 2017

Running time:
2 hours 40 minutes

This is the true-life story of a group of Yorkshire-based Women’s Institute members who raise funds for their local hospital with a nude calendar. It wowed movie audiences and thrilled theatre lovers in play form. Now it's been transformed into a musical thanks to the talents of Take That's Gary Barlow, award-winning composer and songwriter, and his good friend Tim Firth. It's already proved a huge hit in the provinces, and it's due at the Phoenix theatre for its West End première.

The new production stars Debbie Chazen as Ruth, Sophie-Louise Dann as Celia and Michele Dotrice as Jessie. Claire Machin plays Cora to perfection, Claire Moore brings Chris to life and Joanna Riding makes a fantastic job of playing Annie.

The Girls – The story

Annie Clarke's husband John dies from leukaemia far too young, a devastating tragedy. Annie's good friend Chris Harper is inspired to buy a comfy settee in John's memory, for the hospital where he was treated, and ropes Annie's Women's Institute friends in. But how can they raise the money?

Chris decides a tasteful naked calendar is the best way ahead, starring WI members doing typical WI things like baking and knitting. Her fellow members at Knapely WI are sceptical at first, but she eventually persuades ten of the women to participate, as well as amateur photographer Lawrence who works in the hospital.

When the Women's Institute branch boss refuses to agree to the project, Chris and Annie travel to a WI national congress in London to plead for approval. They eventually get the go-ahead and the resulting calendar sells like hot cakes. Before long the girls become the darlings of the international media scene, invited to appear on hit US TV show The Tonight Show, in LA. The publicity takes its toll on Chris and Annie, and they fall out. But their problems are ultimately ironed out and there's a lovely happy ending to enjoy.

The show is directed by Tim Firth with musical staging from Lizzi Gee, comedy staging from Jos Houben and design by Robert Jones. Tim Lutkin is responsible for lighting design, the sound design comes from Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster, and the musical direction and orchestrations from Richard Beadle.

If you're in the mood for a feel-good musical, this one's for you. Better still, every ticket sold donates a sum to the specialist UK blood cancer charity, Bloodwise. And more than £4 million has been raised so far!

The Girls tickets – The smash hit movie and play, now a brilliant musical

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Press Reviews

“You’ll cry with laughter” Daily Mail

“inspiring and poignant” The i

“a life-enhancing thrill” Metro

“a soaring, emotional and hilarious triumph” The Sun

“it’s gorgeous… it’s a beaut” The Telegraph

“this joyous, cathartic musical looks set to see out many calendars” Financial Times

“a gloriously fun celebration…riotously brilliant.” The Mirror

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based on 11 reviews

Must see

Loved the powerful story & catchy songs both laughed & cried .....excellent

London Box Office customer

Very colourful and props excellent

Best show I have seen for a long time . I am a Yorkshire woman and loved the whole show laughed , cried the lot . A shame it is at the end of its season would certainly go again bravo !

London Box Office customer

Great entertainment

London Box Office customer

A Must See Show.

The Girls Show is exceptional. It's funny, sad, uplifting, hilarious yet at times made me weep. This is a must see show. It should not be coming to an end in London Theatre land. The cast are simply brilliant and brave. This was our 2nd time at The Girls Musical.

London Box Office customer

Fantastic entertainment

A well know story retold in a poignant thoughtful and thourouly entertaining way.

London Box Office customer

tissues a must

The music and lyrics throughout were superb as was the dialogue in telling such a poignant story. The actors were first class. There was plenty of laughter and sadness so I literally had tears in my eyes from the opening number! I saw 'Girls' at the Lowry but will still want to see it again when it goes on tour!

London Box Office customer

Brilliant, heartbreaking then heartwarming

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Fabulously sad, funny and happy!

It was a celebration of life and belief that all shapes are beautiful. We received a free upgrade on the seats.

London Box Office customer

Very enjoyable.

Both sad and humorous.

London Box Office customer

Laugh, cry and cheer

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Laugh out loud funny and tear jerkingly sad. A mix of everything! Even gives a clear message on how beautiful women can be no matter what their size and shape. Superbly done.

London Box Office customer

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26 Feb 2017 in Reviews

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Phoenix Theatre
Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP GB

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  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Member of Q-Park scheme
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair/scooter access

Theatre Info

  • Capacity: 1000
  • Year built: 1930