Set a date in your diary to see Mansfield’s Calendar Girls bare all

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Mansfield’s very own Calendar Girls will be taking the Palace Theatre by storm when they bare all for charity in a very English story.

MASQUE Productions is back on the stage after the success of its Whistle Down The Wind performance last year.

Normally known for its large scale musicals, the theatre group is proud to present the first amateur production in Mansfield of the smash hit play ‘Calendar Girls.’

Based on the film starring Julie Walters and Helen Mirren, Calendar Girls tells the true story about a group of extraordinary women who persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference - to the surprise of their Yorkshire WI.

As Andrew Wolden, director, producer and chairman of the group puts it: “No more photos of Wharfedale bridges or Norman churches for our brave Calendar Girls.

“By overcoming their initial reserve, the friends drop their dressing gowns, their modesty spared only by artfully placed cakes, knitting and flower arrangements.

“MASQUE Productions will be performing Calendar Girls to raise funds for leukaemia and lymphoma research.”

The group, which has been performing since 1972, is also taking part in a bid to break the world record for the most productions of a play within one calendar year.

The show will open at Mansfield Palace Theatre on Monday 24th February and run to Friday 28th February.

Performances will start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 and £11 for concessions and audience members must be aged 12 and over.

Tickets are available from the Palace box office on Mansfield 633133.

Mr Wolden added: “It is a very English story with a very English heart. Calendar Girls is quirky, poignant and hilarious.”

MASQUE Productions is offering readers the chance to win tickets to see its Calendar Girls production.

The story sees how the Calendar Girls’ decision to pose in the nude for charity puzzles their husbands, mortifies their children and brings the wrath of the outraged Women’s Institute.

They spark a global phenomenon and find themselves exposed in ways they’d never expected, revealing more than they had ever planned.

For your chance to win six pairs of tickets on offer for the Monday evening performance, answer the following question....

Which two big Hollywood stars featured in the motion picture ‘Calendar Girls’?

Send your answers by 18th February to isabel.dunmore@jpress.co.uk or write to Isabel Dunmore at Unit 2a, Sherwood Oaks Business Park, Southwell Road West, Mansfield, NG18 4TB. Please only enter if you are available for the evening performance on 24th February.

For more information visit the group’s website at www.masqueproductions.org.uk.