Contact: Lisa Joyce, 503-485-4300,

Calendar Girls, Tim Firth’s stage adaptation of his original film script, opens March 2 at Pentacle Theatre.

In the small village of Knapeley, in England’s Yorkshire Dales, after Annie’s husband, John, dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room.

They persuade four fellow Women’s Institute members to join them in discreetly posing nude for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from Lawrence, a hospital porter and amateur photographer.

News of the women’s charitable cause spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on their small village. While the calendar is an unexpectedly wild success, Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their newfound fame.

Calendar Girls is a heartwarming and humorously “naughty” play that will make you laugh, make you cry and ultimately leave you joyous at the end. It’s based on the true story of 11 Women’s Institute members in Great Britain who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund. Playwright Tim Firth also wrote the screenplay for the original film version of Calendar Girls, which starred Helen Mirren and Julie Walters.

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What: Calendar Girls, by Tim Firth, directed by Jill Sorensen.

When: March 2 – 24.

Where: Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Ave. NW, off Highway 22, about 6 miles west of downtown Salem, Oregon.

Sponsored by: Calendar Girls is made possible by the generous support of Jim and Joan Witt and State Farm Insurance.

Tickets: Tickets range in price from $24-$29.

  • $29 for opening night includes a catered post-show party.
  • $25 for Friday and Saturday evening performances.
  • $27 for Sunday matinee performances.
  • $24 for Wednesday and Thursday evening performances.
  • Seniors, students and military are eligible for a $1.50 discount per ticket.

Where to buy: Advance tickets are available at Pentacle’s downtown Salem ticket office at 145 Liberty St. NE or by calling 503-485-4300 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, or online anytime at Tickets are also available at the theater box office 45 minutes before each performance.

Tickets for low-income persons: In partnership with Salem for All, Pentacle Theatre offers half-price tickets to Oregon Trail Card holders. For information, go to

CONTENT ADVISORY: Pentacle Theatre seeks to inform our patrons about content that may be objectionable. Because tastes vary—and what is offensive can be subjective—we encourage you to read the script before purchasing a ticket if you’re concerned.

  • Calendar Girls contains mild adult themes and suggested nudity with female actors wearing strategically placed costume elements.
  • Calendar Girls is recommended for mature high schoolers and adult patrons.
  • While there is no rating system for plays, the film version of Calendar Girls is rated PG-13.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Go online at or call 503-485-4300.

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