Calendar Girls bow out

Barrie and Brenda Stead with Andrew Nesbit, back, with staff who have coped with eight shows of the Calendar Girls 113878a

Barrie and Brenda Stead with Andrew Nesbit, back, with staff who have coped with eight shows of the Calendar Girls 113878a

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THE CAST of Calendar Girls bid a fond farewell to Scarborough on Saturday after a spectacular eight-show run.

More than 18,000 people packed the Futurist over six-days, making the show the most successful in the venue’s recent history.

Andrew Nesbit, general manager, said: “It has been phenomenal. It just shows that the right shows can do great business, not just for West End plays but for comedians and concerts too.”

Mr Nesbit, who has20 years of experience in the theatre industry, said: “This is the first week run that has had constant sell-outs.

“We’ve had shows like Joseph which have done great business but this has been on another level.”

Barrie Stead, who runs the venue, said that people from all over Yorkshire, Humberside and Teeside had travelled to Scarborough especially for Calendar Girls.

“We’ve had thousands from York, hundreds from Leeds and people have been coming from Lincoln, Boston, Middlesbrough, Hull and Sunderland,” he said.

“It has been absolutely amazing. Every show has been virtually sold out, about 98 per cent of the tickets were taken.

“Everybody has been saying how good the shows are.

“A couple of million pounds could see this place turned into a palace. It could be our theatre for the next 50 years.”

Mr Stead also paid tribute to the “fantastic” staff at the venue, 25 of whom were brought in on a temporary basis especially for the run.

Beth Foster, 16, who has been busy selling ice cream and popcorn to theatre-goers, has been working at The Futurist for six months. She said: “Derren Brown was full, but I’ve never seen it so busy so many times in a row.”