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1st December Gala Night
2nd December Sunday Matinee
5th - 7th December Wednesday to Friday 8 pm
8th December Saturday Matinee
8th December Saturday 8pm


Bookings: Her Majesty's Theatre Box Office business hours, or Majestix https://hermaj.com/whats-on/ballarat-national-theatre-season


A group of extraordinary middle-aged women, members of a very ordinary Yorkshire Women's Institute (the UK version of the CWA), spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference! As interest snowballs, the Calendar Girls find themselves revealing more than they'd ever planned!

“Every stage of their growth has its own beauty, but the last phase is always the most glorious.”

About the Play

During its 2008/09 Calendar Girls tour broke the British box office record for a play and also continued to sell out during its West End residency. In 2010, the hit comedy embarked on a UK country wide tour, one of the largest ever for a play.

Calendar Girls is based on the very successful film of the same name starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, which in turn was based on the true story of the fundraising by the ‘Calendar Girls’. Angela Baker's husband John Richard Baker, an Assistant National Park Officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 54 in 1998. During his illness Angela's friends began to raise money, initially with the aim of purchasing a sofa for the visitors' lounge in the hospital where John was treated. Nothing could have prepared them for the way their original calendar took off. To date they have raised over £3 million for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the UK's leading blood cancer charity.

"It's marvellous theatre, guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and come out singing Jerusalem" ~ Mail on Sunday
"Dazzlingly funny, shamelessly sentimental and utterly captivating ... the mingling of pathos and comedy here is simply unbeatable" ~ Lloyd Evans, Spectator

director michael croome


Michael Croome

Veteran actor Michael Croome began his career singing in dance bands in the UK in the late 1950s. He then played in theatre in South Africa in the 1970s, before moving to Sydney where he led parallel lives in the corporate world and in theatre, performing major roles continuously in Sydney for the next two decades.

From the late 1990s Michael was a much-loved identity in Adelaide theatre winning the Adelaide Advertiser’s best actor award twice. Michael has appeared more recently for the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and at Brisbane Powerhouse, receiving a nomination for best actor, Queensland Matilda Awards for his role as Romeo in A Tender Thing (Full Circle Theatre/Brisbane Powerhouse). As a director, he has specialised in comedy with Adelaide Advertiser calling him “Adelaide’s King of Farce”. Notable productions include I Hate Hamlet which was awarded the Adelaide Advertiser Best Comedy, 2006; Funny Money awarded the Adelaide Advertiser Best Comedy, 2003 and The Woman in Black which gained the Theatre Association of South Australia award for Best Play 2010 and was nominated for 2011 Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards for Best Production.

Michael also has credits in films (including feature films Black and White; and Rise) voice-over, commercial and corporate work.




English playwright Tim Firth is most well known in Australia for his film, then play adaptation Calendar Girls. His career spans many different art forms including: theatre, music, film and television. He is currently working on a television series Daylight Robbery.


2010 Awarded honorary Doctor of Letters, honoris causa by the University of Chester.
2014 UK Theatre Award for Best New Musical for This Is My Family
2017 Whatsonstage Award for The Girls



To be announced