Meet the Todmorden Calendar Girls

Todmorden Operatic and Dramatic Society perform Calendar Girls
Todmorden Operatic and Dramatic Society perform Calendar Girls

These daring ladies are preparing to bare all for their latest production.

These daring ladies are preparing to bare all for their latest production.

The team from Todmorden Operatic and Dramatic Society will be stripping off for their production of the hit show Calendar Girls.

They will be performing at Todmorden Hippodrome on Halifax Road in Todmorden, which re-opened earlier this month following a summer of punishing weather that flooded the theatre, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.

A performance of the show Two had begun when the first flooding hit inJune and the building had to be evacuated mid-performance.

Todmorden Operatic and Dramatic Society, which runs the theatre, had to use their own pumps to keep the water below the level fo the boilers.

The damage was confined mainly to backstage areas, with the auditorium and foyer unaffected.

But the auditorium had to become a temporary store and wardrobe workshop while work was carried out.

Since the repairs were carried out, the theatre has already hosted a Victorian extravaganza to celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens and now all is set for the production of Calendar Girls.

Rehearsals are well under way and the team say they have already laughed, cried and bared all.

The well-known and much- loved story tells of a group of women from the Yorkshire Dales who were inspired to create an alternative WI calendar to raise money for charity.

Their original aim was to raise a few hundred pounds to purchase a new settee for the relatives’ room of the hospital that cared for their friend during his battle with leukaemia.

Fouteen years on and the ladies involved have become celebrities and , to date, they have raised somewhere in the region of £3million.

Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society say their re-telling of the story promises an evening of emotions and fun.

Directed by Justine Sutcliffe, the cast consists of some faces that will be familiar to regular visitors to Todmorden Hippodrome - Joyce Fraser, Sue Jones, Christine Kidd, and Dawn-Marie Nicholls.

Audiences will also be treated to appearances by two new members of the society from Hebden Bridge - Heather Wilson, making her acting debut, and Moni Noszkay who plays Annie, the character who is channelling the grief for her husband into the new and decidedly risqué project.

Members of Todmorden Operatic and Dramatic Society are planning to do a Calendar Girls-style calendar of their own to go on sale when the show opens.

In keeping with the original intentions of the first Calendar Girls, all the profits from the calendar will go to The Macmillan Unit in Halifax.

Calendar Girls will run at Todmorden Hippodrome from Wednesday , October 10 to Saturday, October 13.

Tickets are £6 on the opening night, £8 or £6 for concessions on the Thursday and Friday night and £8 on the Saturday night.

Doors open at 7pm and the performances will start at 7.30pm.

Tickets are on sale now by visiting the theatre’s website at or from Todmorden Tourist Information Centre by calling 01706 818181.

For group bookings call Sylvia on 07722 236837.