A THEATRE group from Prestwich will take to the stage this month with an amateur production of a comedy classic.

PADOS (Prestwich Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society) will perform the Gary Barlow co-written show, Calendar Girls: The Musical, at The Met over four nights in April.

The musical is based on the 2003 film of the same name, starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters as two women who produce a nude calendar to raise funds for a hospital.

The production originally premiered as The Girls in 2015 before appearing on London’s West End in 2017.

This time, PADOS will tread the boards as the infamous Women's Institute ladies at the end of this month. 

The script is by the film’s original screenwriter Tim Frith and features music Bury Times: and lyrics by Take That singer Barlow.



Calendar Girls will be PADOS’s first musical back at The Met since the pandemic forced theatres across the country to close.

It will be their second production since they staged pantomime version of Beauty and the Beast last Christmas.

PADOS committee member, Susan Glover, said: “It’s a lovely musical, obviously it deals with serious topics but its very life affirming.

"It’s got some wonderful songs in it and we’ve got a great cast of strong women who play these parts who are based on real women.

“I just think it’s a great story that a lot of people can relate to.

“We hope that people will leave the show with a smile on their face and maybe a tear in their eye."

PADOS’s production of Calendar Girls: The Musical will take place from Wednesday, April 27 to Saturday, April 30.

For further information and to book your ticket, please visit The Met’s website.