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Soap stars strip off for Calendar Girls

Soap stars strip off for Calendar Girls
Soap stars strip off for Calendar Girls

EastEnders star June Brown and former Hollyoaks actress Gemma Atkinson are among the many famous faces who will shortly be taking to the stage in Calendar Girls. Former EastEnders' favourites Anita Dobson and Jill Halfpenny will also appear in the smash hit West End play at the Noel Coward theatre from July 28, 2009. They will be joined by actresses Jill Baker, Richenda Carey, Sara Crowe, Jerry Hall in the production until October 17. Jack Ryder, who played EastEnders Jamie Mitchell, will play photographer Lawrence. Other parts will be cast and announced shortly. Performance times at the Noel Coward Theatre are currently Tuesday – Saturday at 7.30pm with Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets - priced from £5.00 - £48.50 - are available from the box office on 0844 482 5140 or at www.seecalendargirls.com. The normal £1.50 booking fee will be going to Leukaemia Research.

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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 


An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.