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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Wolverhampton Grand to bring Ladies' Day to the stage

Following on from a successful run of the in-house produced Brassed Off in 2017, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre has announced that it will stage a new production of Amanda Whittington’s Ladies' Day this Summer. 

Taking place at the theatre from Friday 13th until Saturday 28th July 2018, Ladies' Day is an exuberant comedy about four likely lasses who work at a fish factory on a day trip to the races. 

Work, love and life are just one long, hard, slog for local fish-filleting foursome Pearl, Jan, Shelley and Linda. Will their fortunes change when they head to Ladies’ Day at Wolverhampton Racecourse?

Factory hairnets make way for fascinators, secrets are spilled with the champagne and friendships are tested to the limit. Yet as the day unfolds, their six-race bet keeps coming up trumps. If their luck holds, they could hit the jackpot – and more. 

Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Adrian Jackson said, “Last year’s production of Brassed Off re-established the Grand’s place in the producing world of theatre, brought high levels of positive publicity to the City of Wolverhampton and continued positive work and involvement with the local community. 

"I am overjoyed that we can continue to produce new theatre and this production of Ladies’ Day for 2018 will be a thrilling project for all involved.” 

Ladies' Day is produced in association with Wolverhampton Racecourse. Wolverhampton Racecourse welcomes over 120,000 visitors each year and hosts around 80 race fixtures a year, including popular themed Music Live Saturday evening events, conferences, meetings and events. 

Managing Director David Roberts said, “I am absolutely delighted to work in association with The Grand Theatre on this exciting new project. Like the theatre, Wolverhampton Racecourse is a long established and historical venue for the city. 

"We share the same values in providing Wolverhampton and the surrounding areas with high quality entertainment.” 

Ladies' Day is written by Amanda Whittington, who is one of the most widely performed playwrights in the UK. Her plays include Be My Baby (Soho Theatre, 1998), Satin ’n’ Steel (Nottingham Playhouse, 2005), Ladies' Day (Hull Truck, 2005) and its sequel Ladies Down Under (Hull Truck, 2007), The Thrill of Love (New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, 2013), Kiss Me Quickstep (New Vic Theatre, 2016) and Mighty Atoms (Hull Truck, 2017). 

She has also adapted Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, My Judy Garland Life and Tipping the Velvet for the stage. She writes regularly for BBC Radio 4, contributing to the Woman's Hour serial and Afternoon Play slots. 

Cast and Creative Team for Ladies' Day will be announced soon. Tickets go on sale on Monday 15th January 2018. Find out more here

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