New cast of Calendar Girls’ West End stage show unveiledJune 20th, 2009 - 2:54 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 20 (ANI): Jerry Hall, June Brown and Jill Halfpenny will be forming the new line up for the West End stage show based on the story of Calendar Girls.
Actress Hall, who stripped for the stage production of The Graduate in 2001, will portray the role of Miss September in the stage show, which tells the true story of a group of Women’s Institute members who stripped off for charity.
The 52-year-old will reportedly be sporting just a set of pearls while strategically standing behind a piano, reports The Telegraph.
The glamorous new cast will also feature Anita Dobson, 60, Jill Halfpenny, 33, Sara Crowe, 43, Gemma Atkinson, 24, Richenda Carey, 61, and Jill Baker, 57, for the show running from July to October.
But it was June Brown who was dubbed as the “grande dame of the cast”.
Producer David Pugh said: “Sian uses balls of wool and something that has been crocheted to cover her - so for June I’m thinking smaller balls of yarn and a slightly smaller piece of knitting.”
The 1.50 pound booking fee, royalties and profits are set to go to leukaemia research, for which the real Calendar Girls raised funds.
The show is based on the story of Angela Baker and Tricia Stewart, who came up with the idea of a naked charity calendar to raise money after Baker’s husband died from cancer.
They enlisted fellow members of the Rylstone Women’s Institute in North Yorkshire and hoped to raise a few hundred pounds for their local hospital.
Their story gained recognition with an award winning film in 2003 starring Dame Helen Mirren and Julie Walters before landing as a West end production. (ANI)
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