Encore Meets: Lesley Joseph – Jessie In Calendar Girls The Musical

Lesley Joseph - Calendar Girls The Musical. Photo: John Swannell
Lesley Joseph - Calendar Girls The Musical. Photo: John Swannell

We sit down with award-winning television and theatre star Lesley Joseph.

Best known for playing Dorien Green in the ITV sitcom Birds of a Feather, Lesley Joseph has a wealth of theatrical experience to her credit. Most recently she starred as Frau Blücher in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein. 

Lesley Joseph will play Jessie in Calendar Girls The Musical from 23 April in Southend, until 10 August in Eastbourne when Ruth Madoc returns to the role.

About Calendar Girls The Musical

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth grew up in the same village in the North of England and have been friends for 25 years. With Take That, Gary has written and co-written 14 number one singles, has sold over 50 million records worldwide and is a six times Ivor Novello Award winner. Tim has won the Olivier Award and UK Theatre Award for Best New Musical, and the British Comedy Awards Best Comedy Film for Calendar Girls.

Calendar Girls The Musical is inspired by the true story of a group of ladies, who decide to appear nude for a Women’s Institute calendar in order to raise funds to buy a settee for their local hospital, in memory of one of their husbands, and have to date raised almost £5million for Bloodwise. This musical comedy shows life in their Yorkshire village, how it happened, the effect on husbands, sons and daughters, and how a group of ordinary ladies achieved something extraordinary.

Bloodwise, the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity, will continue to receive monies from this production.


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