Gary Barlow set to write ‘Calendar Girls’ musical

The project is a joint venture with tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire

Take That singer Gary Barlow is set to create a musical based on ‘Calendar Girls’.

‘Calendar Girls’, which tells the story of Women’s Institute members posing nude for a charity calendar, has already been the basis of a film and a West End show. The 2003 movie starred Helen Mirren and Julie Walters.

Barlow’s musical is a joint venture with tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire.


Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “To have someone of Gary Barlow’s calibre working on a Yorkshire musical is amazing and I am sure, like the Calendar Girls film and the stage play, this musical will be a huge success.”

Meanwhile, Take That recently revealed that they want to play Glastonbury but say the festival’s founder Michael Eavis won’t return their calls.

Speaking at the BBC Music Awards, the band’s Howard Donald said: “Historically we’ve never done festivals – we did try and contact Michael Eavis but he didn’t reply.” His bandmate Mark Owen later added that “they keep leaving him messages”.

Speaking to NME, however, Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said that she hadn’t heard anything from the massive-selling boyband. “I’ve had a few missed calls today but I’m pretty sure none of them were from Take That!” she said.