Islington actress baring all in stage version of Calendar Girls

An Islington actress will star in a stage adaptation of Tim Firth’s hit film Calendar Girls.

Jill Batty, 66, of Northchurch Road, has lived in the borough and acted with Tower Theatre Company for 38 years.

The play documents a Yorkshire branch of the Womens’ Institute who raised money for a new sofa in a cancer treatment ward by posing in a naked calendar.

Ms Batty plays the lead role of Annie, whose husband dies of leukaemia.

The Tower Theatre Company, which this year celebrates its 80th birthday, was based in Canonbury’s Tower Theatre for 50 years before relocating in 2003.


You may also want to watch:


“When we found out that the company would be putting on a production of Calendar Girls, everyone was very excited. I saw the film back in 2003 and really enjoyed it”, Ms Batty explained. “There aren’t many parts for older women and in this one, obviously, there are many!”

The theatre company will be donating a portion of each night’s box office takings to Leukaemia Research.

Most Read

Calendar Girls will be at the Bridewell Theatre off Fleet Street until Saturday.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter