One of the most successful plays to hit the British stage is currently running in the town and raising cash for a West Norfolk charity.
Calendar Girls is being staged by the King’s Lynn Players at the town’s Arts Centre and the production represents a personal milestone for the group’s chairman Carol Beveridge who has recently recovered from breast cancer.
She has been a member of the Players for more than 30 years, directing major productions, and taking many leading roles.
“I was in two minds whether to audition for Calendar Girls, having recently had a mastectomy I felt
uncomfortable with the thought of getting on the stage wearing very little. Even though I knew it would be tastefully produced.
“However, once I read the hilarious and powerful script, I decided I couldn’t turn down this opportunity.
“The sentiment of this true story of a community joining together is uplifting and poignant. We will be supporting local charity the Robert Foot Leukaemia Fund with proceeds from the play, which fits so well with the message of Calendar Girls.” she added.
The charity was established memory Robert Foot OBE who died at the age of 34 in 2002 following a battle with the condition.
His parents Wendy and Mike, of Walpole St Peter, started the fund in his name. It has already raised more than £135,000 which has been spent at the three hospitals where Robert was treated; the Queen Elizabeth, Lynn, Addenbooke’s, Cambridge, and Guys/St Thomas’s in London.
“We are very grateful for the support of the Lynn Players whose work we have long admired.” Mrs Foot said.
Cast members also visited Kettlewell, Yorkshire, where it all started and met three of the original WI members.
The trip was organised through member Susan Stanford whose late father John Potter was vicar in the village.
The show continues tonight and tomorrow at Lynn Arts Centre at 7.30pm with a 2.30pm matinee tomorrow. Tickets from the box office on 01553 764864.
Visit the Lynn Players’ website for more information: www.kingslynnplayers.co.uk