REVIEW - Calendar Girls at Sheffield Lyceum

Keys to the city - Deena Payne with the rest of the Calendar Girls
Keys to the city - Deena Payne with the rest of the Calendar Girls

Calendar Girls is simply unmissable.

It has a perfect balance of laughter and female solidarity, with the odd splattering of nudity.

Based on the well-known real-life story of a group of WI woman from a Yorkshire village who shot to world-wide fame, it kept the packed audience at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield entertained from start to finish.

The story follows the women as they try to raise money to buy a sofa for the relatives room of a Skipton hospital by making their own nude calendar.

Lesley Joseph (Chris) takes the lead role along with Sue Holderness (Annie) - who loses her husband John, played by former The Bill actor Colin Tarrant, which sparks the fundraising idea.

Deena Payne was brilliant as Cora, while I couldn’t think of a better person to play Ruth than Kacey Ainsworth, who brought characteristics of Little Mo to the part.

Ruth Madoc also impressed as Marie while Celia was played by a less familiar face Kathryn Rooney. She was a joy to watch as the newcomer to the village.

I was a little unsure about Kevin Scare after only seeing him in Hollyoaks but he was superb as Lawrence the photographer and Liam.

With so many famous faces in, and former Eastenders star Jack Ryder as director, the show had a lot to live up to, which it did superbly.

It was thoroughly entertaining from start to finish. A must see!

by Sam Chetwynd