About Calendar Girls

The musical is based on the 2003 film Calendar Girls starring Helen Mirren and Julie Walters, In 2008 it was adapted for the stage by Tim Firth, and in 2015 premiered as a musical with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow. The hilarious musical is based on the true story of eleven W.I. members who famously posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund in 1999. When Annie's husband John dies of leukaemia, she and her long-standing best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. With varying levels of encouragement, they persuade four friends and fellow members of the Women’s Institute (W.I.) to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar. They are assisted by hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence, who looked after John in his final days. This is much to the horror of the their local W.I. chairman, Marie. The success of the calendar goes beyond their wildest dreams and they have soon raised the money needed and much more.

Fun House Theatre Company are ecstatic to have secured a multi AIMS award winning production team, featuring Pat McElwain, Shane Farrell & Chris Corroon. Read about our upcoming production of Calendar Girls The Musical in Esker Arts Centre Here.

Join in our "Nude" Calendar 2024 - 2025

We are launching an 18 month Calendar from June 2024 - December 2025. All profits from the sales of the calendar will go the Offaly Hospice. We are currently seeking businesses and teams to sponsor a month in the calendar. We already have some months sold and there are only 18 spaces available, so get in touch asap! Men are also welcome to participate!

What you get for your sponsorship? 


A Calendar Month

Complete ownership of a month in the calendar with your business logo and contact details. A professional photographer will shoot the calendar image either on your premises or in a studio using your props and signage. You decide this. Our cast will model for you, or you can choose to model yourself, perhaps your staff, or a team photo could be cool! We will assist with props where needed. The calendar will be sold in Esker Arts Centre, in local retailers, and online by the Hospice. There will be heavy advertisement online, in print media, and on local radio. 

A Digital Advertisement

We will get our team to create a digital advertisement for you which we will promote on social media, as will the Offaly Hospice, and you can also utilise this on your own social media. See an example here.

On Show Night

Two great seats to our show on our patrons night, reserved lobby seating, pre-show bubbles, 2 free programmes. 

Lobby Advertisement 
We will be happy to advertise your business and display your merchandise on our sponsors stand in the foyer of Esker Arts Centre for the week of the show. 

Programme Advertisement

A half page advertisement in our professionaly printed show programme which will be sold each night at the theatre. We are expecting well in excess of 1,000 audience members. 

The Cost

The cost for sponsoring a month in The Calendar is €500 which will entitle you to all of the above. 


Alternative Ways To Be A Donor

Become A Nightly Sponsor!

We are seeking nightly sponsors for each our shows. The cost for this is also €500. For your donation you will get the following:

3 x Announcements in the Theatre 

A pre-recorded announcement announcing your business as the nightly sponsor will be played three times in the theatre on show night.

A full page advertisement in our programme.

We can create this for you or you can send us across your graphics.

Merchanise Display

Your merchandise and advertisements on display throughout the foyer.

Digital Advertisement

 We create a digital advertisement for you which we will promote on social media, as will the Offaly Hospice, and you can also utilise this on your own social media. See an example here.

Social Media Promotion

Social media promotion of your sponsorship shared by ourselves and The Offaly Hospice, with links to your business shared on our website.


On Show Night

2 tickets to the show, plus reserved lobby seating and pre-show bubbles.