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Preview: Calamity Jane at Darlington Civic Theatre


Calamity Jane
Darlington Civic Theatre
Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 May 2015

The hot-shot musical Calamity Jane is whip-cracking its way to Darlington.

Following a sell-out run at The Watermill Theatre in Newbury Calamity Jane is currently enjoying a hugely successful national UK tour starring Jodie Prenger in the title role, Tom Lister as Wild Bill Hickok, Alex Hammond as Danny Gilmartin and Phoebe Street as Katie Brown and will be blowing into Darlington Civic Theatre in May.

Calamity Jane can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood. Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago to recruit a music hall star, Adelaide Adams, to appear on the stage of The Golden Garter saloon bar theatre in Deadwood. But things don’t go too smoothly for Calamity, as everyone in town favours the new girl and she struggles to keep her jealousy and pride in check. It takes her long-standing enemy Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense, and realise her Secret Love.

Calamity Jane has an Oscar nominated score that includes The Black Hills of Dakota, The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), Just Blew in from the Windy City and the award-winning song Secret Love.

JodiePrenger is probably best known for winning the role of ‘Nancy’ in Cameron Mackintosh’s West Endproduction of Oliver! through the BBC television series I’d Do Anything. During her run in the show at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane she received both critical and public acclaim for her portrayal of the role. Since then she has starred in the National Theatre’s hit production of One Man, Two Guv’nors both in the West End and on tour and as Lady of the Lake in Spamalot. Jodie is also a regular presenter on BBC Radio 2.

Tom Lister most recently played Grimes and Eel in the world premiere of Water Babies at Leicester Curve. He is probably best known to TV audiences for his role as Carl King in ITV’s Emmerdale, a part he played for nine years. His theatre credits also include Pan in Love’s Mistress at the Globe Theatre and Ralph in Accrington Pals at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

You can read the Jowheretogo review from the Sunderland dates earlier in the tour: review link

Calamity Jane is at Darlington Civic Theatre from Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 May. Tickets* are priced from £22
To book contact the Box Office on 01325 486 555 or visit 
*All ticket prices include a £1 restoration levy

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