Whole Day Excursion to London ~ Thursday 3rd August 2017
Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical
Based on the hit 2003 film Calendar Girls
Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road 2.30pm
THE GIRLS is the true story of the Yorkshire CALENDAR GIRLS a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary.
This new musical comedy has brought together the writing talents of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth who grew up in the same village in the North of England and have been friends for 25 years.
Based on a true story, a Women’s Institute group seek an innovative way to fundraise for a local hospital in memory of one of their husbands, becoming ordinary ladies who achieve the extraordinary in the process. When the group come up with the idea of posing for a tasteful nude calendar, becoming the Yorkshire Calendar Girls, the story becomes a media sensation, and the group are thrust into the limelight – along with their friendships and strained personal lives.
THE GIRLS originally opened at The Grand Theatre in Leeds where it received standing ovations at every performance and is now set to take the West End by storm.It opened this week to great reviews: -
Quentin Letts of the Daily Mail gives it 5 stars and says, “It’s terrifically rooted, this show. Strong, uncomplaining English people stick together and overcome loss. You’ll cry with laughter and unstoppable sentiment as the ladies cast aside their smalls in solidarity against that ‘cheating, sly, conniving, silent bloody disease, cancer’ Bravo. Breast of British”
Paul Taylor of the Independent also gives it 5 stars and says “If you think that ‘wiping away tears of laughter and sorrow’ is one those activities that, like ‘rolling in the aisles’, only happens in reviews, you give should this show a visit. I suspect that it's going to be on a long time. Among other things, it’s the definitive riposte to any notion that the calendar girls are getting overexposed”
Lunch: Our optional lunch venue on this occasion is the Radisson Blu Mercer Street Hotel, Seven Dials, which is located very near to the Phoenix Theatre. Sadly we cannot use the main restaurant anymore as they have completely changed the format there. However, we will enjoy a 2-course meal, tea or coffee in a private room on the lower ground floor. I don’t usually book private rooms, but on this occasion I think it is the best option available. Please add £24 per person if you wish to book this lunch and this includes service charge
If you prefer, you will have plenty of time to “do your own thing” and in this area [Shaftesbury Ave, Covent Garden, Charing Cross Road] you will be spoilt for choice with every sort of café, restaurant and pub close to hand, not to mention some great shops.
Excursion Price: £80.00
Price includes: coach travel throughout; coffee and biscuits en-route, theatre ticket, coach driver’s gratuity, courier services
COACH BOARDING POINTS
8.00am Sandwich Railway Station
8.08am Sholden Church
8.12am Deal Fire Station Bus Stop
8.15am Deal South Street
8.20am Walmer – opposite butcher’s shop
8.40am Dover – St Paul’s Catholic Church, Maison Dieu Rd
9.00am Folkestone outside Bus Station
9.05am Folkestone bus stop opposite Trinity Church
9.10am Seabrook bus stop opposite Fountain Pub
9.15am Hythe Red Lion Square bus stop
9.45am Great Danes Hotel near Maidstone [coffee stop]