Star cast for Calendar Girls The Musical tour

TV presenter Fern Britton will join Ruth Madoc and Denise Welch for the UK and Ireland tour of Calendar Girls The Musical.

Written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, the musical comedy is based on a true story which also inspired a film and play.

The production will open at the Leeds Grand Theatre on August 16 at the start of a 2018-19 UK and Ireland tour.

It will then visit Canterbury, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Leicester, Llandudno, Salford, Stoke, Hull and Liverpool.

In 2019, it moves on to Southampton, Dublin, Norwich, Aberdeen, Dartford, Sunderland, Woking, Sheffield and Oxford, with further dates to be confirmed.

Britton will be returning to the stage for the first time in 30 years, as Marie.

Madoc is known for TV roles in Hi-De-Hi and Little Britain and Denise Welch starred in Coronation Street and Waterloo Road.

The production played a six-month London season at the Phoenix Theatre last year, following sold-out seasons in Leeds and Manchester.

It tells the true story of a group of ladies who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar, to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands.

Pictured from left: Denise Welch, Rebecca Storm, Lorraine Bruce, Fern Britton, Sara Crowe, Anna-Jane Casey and Ruth Madoc. Credit John Swannell.