Calendar Girls The Musical Review - Bournemouth Pavilion

When the original Calendar Girls took to the headlines over 20 years ago, I don't think they would have ever imagined that their story would be turned into a heart warming film, let alone a toe tapping musical. But that's exactly what has happened and it's a show and story that has won over the hearts of people around the world. We were invited along to watch it at the Bournemouth Pavilion courtesy of BHLive and let me tell you it was a show to remember. 

From the opening bars to the closing scene it was a rollercoaster of emotions. Following the true story of the group of Yorkshire WI members who decide to raise money for their local hospital  in memory of a members husband by posing nude for a charity calendar, this show is full of compassion, hilarity and the feeling of empowerment. It's hard to believe it's a true story when you tell it like that, but with millions raised for charity, these girls have really made an impact by baring all!

With a soundtrack from Tim Firth and Gary Barlow, you know from the start that you will be sent on a sweeping journey full of highs and lows, and it was a show that didn't need any more than a fantastic cast and some brilliant songs. Swooping songs such as Killimanjaro and Sunflower left everyone feeling moved and uplifted. It felt like there wouldn't be a dry eye in the house. With a minimal set, it left you focusing on the importance of the story and the true life experiences that each of the characters (well women) were once facing. 

From Chris and Cora (Rebecca Storm and Sue Devaney) who brought the perfect comedic timing, to Sarah Jane Buckley as Annie, the widow who wanted a legacy to remember. Each and every cast member played a role filled with such on stage chemistry that you felt like you were watching the original gang on stage together. The show and characters highlighted important parts of each woman's story, from rebellious children to coping with grief, and of course the destructive nature of cancer. 

But most of all you can't shy away from the ending, the pinnacle of the story. The moment that the calendar happens. To think that each of these women on stage brave insecurities to stand with pride on the stage completely naked is beyond empowering. The support and bravery that was radiating was electrifying and you could see how fantastic each actress felt up on stage. Bravo ladies, it was a show that brought the house down and left us with a standing ovation to give. 

Tickets are available until Saturday 21st September and it's one not to be missed!

*Note: I was gifted tickets, all opinions are our own. 

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