The Girls

Phoenix Theatre

The Girls

19 Feb 2017 - 15 Jul 2017

£20.00 - £35.00

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

3.8 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

The real-life story of a North Yorkshire Women’s Institute group who decide to fundraise for a local hospital by posing nude for a calendar and inadvertently become media sensations.

Barlow and Firth have fine-tuned their piece since it ran in Leeds in 2015.

Closes 15 July 2017.

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“Hilarious... A hauntingly beautiful and radiantly lovely performance from Riding... Fills the heart and theatre with sheer joy. ”

Mark Shenton (The Stage, London Theatre, Express)

“Fruity comic acting, big songs, a judicious mix of schmaltz and Yorkshire salt... Machin is glorious. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“The lyrics have a wry observational wit ideally suited to tracing its permeable boundary between quirky humour and heartbreak.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Agreeable... Cosy... The songs are pleasant... Riding is touching and the rest of the cast are undeniably game.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“A delightful musical... Suggests the story has now achieved its ideal form... Less of a lark than a means of overcoming issues.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“At the show’s heart is Joanna Riding’s quietly moving performance... Joyous, cathartic.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Lyrically brilliant and musically adroit, each song is a detailed narrative in itself... A resoundingly feel-good show.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Numbers packed with more-ish sentimentality and glazed with a feel-good sheen... Riding’s Annie breaks your heart twice.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Achieves its full potential as a musical... Lyrics are deliciously witty... melodious score adds both poignancy and power.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“I was putty in its hands... It is a happy thing: this musical about sadness, loss, betrayal and imperfect female bodies.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“A tale that still has the capacity to raise a smile... Deeply conventional... Blossoms into a feel-good hit.”

Holly Williams (What's On Stage, Time Out, Independent)

“Nice... Warm tone... Feels virtually indistinguishable from a dozen other mildly charming Brit musicals.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Why? That's the abiding question... Sluggish and entirely pro forma... Brings very little that is fresh to the table.”

Matt Wolf (Arts Desk)

“In need of trimming and tightening up and decidedly over-exposed... the theatrical equivalent of reusing old tea bags.”

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