Calendar Girls, with a script by Tim Firth who also co-wrote the movie, achieves exactly what it sets out to do. “It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it leaves you feeling better about life than you did when you entered the theatre.” When 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 manage to persuade four fellow women’s club members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of eleven women who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls has become the fastest selling play in British theatre history.