CALENDAR Girls took the world by storm when it hit the stage and screen.

And now local actresses are to reveal all in one of the first amateur productions of the play in Huddersfield.

Honley Players are to stage the show about the Yorkshire women who stripped off for a charity calendar, next September.

Auditions will be held in April.

Noreen Armitage, Honley Players’ librarian, said: “Calendar Girls is only available for one year from the beginning of September for groups like ours so, as you can imagine, everyone wants to do it.

“We might be the first in Huddersfield to stage it and everyone is excited.

“So far there has already been a lot of interest and people don’t seem to mind having to do what’s necessary and bare all.”

Calendar Girls immortalised the Ryedale branch of the Women’s Institute, who posed naked for their 1999 calendar.

Strategically placed household items protected their modesty.

The women were spurred into action to raise money for the hospital where John Richard Baker, husband of WI member Angela Baker, was treated for cancer.

The film, starring top actresses Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, became a worldwide hit when it was released in 2003.

The stage play become the most successful to ever tour the UK, grossing more at the box office than the original film.

Noreen, who saw the stage play at Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre with the real Calendar Girls in the audience, added: “We’re holding auditions in April for the cast so everyone can see what it’s like and see how they feel about it.

“There’s nine female parts but, from reading the script, only six have to do the necessary, so there is a chance to be in it even if people don’t feel comfortable taking their clothes off.”

Three male roles are in the production and the Players need people to help with the set, an essential part of the Calendar Girls show.

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Calendar Girls will be directed by Dennis Thewlis. It will be staged at the Southgate Theatre, Honley, from September 11–15.