The cast of the musical based on the story of Yorkshire’s Calendar Girls were given a four minute standing ovation as the show opened at the Leeds Grand Theatre this weekend.
The Girls, created by Take That star Gary Barlow and award-winning writer Tim Firth, tells the story of the adventure that saw a band of close friends create a now infamous risqué calendar in 1999 to raise funds for charity.
The exploits of the group dubbed the Calendar Girls were made into a feature film starring Julie Walters and Helen Mirren in 2003 and have raised around £4 million for leukaemia charity Bloodwise.
The show, which runs in Leeds until December 12, was aired to a crowd of specially invited carers and nurses on Saturday afternoon before the public launch the same night.
Its official Twitter account posted a message on Saturday night saying: “We did it. We opened. We got a four minute standing ovation. Thank you.”
Before the performance, Mr Barlow tweeted: “Good luck my super talented friend Tim Firth! 4 years work have led us to here !!!!”