Calamity Jane to come a-rollin on over the plains

September 2, 2015

A RIP-ROARING comedy musical with an Oscar-nominated score that will have audiences shouting from the highest hills is coming to the Tamworth Assembly Rooms stage this autumn.

Thirty years since they last trod the boards with Calamity Jane, members of Tamworth Arts Club are bringing it back for another round, this time with a new cast and new production team.

Tamworth Arts Club’s Laura Whitehouse said: “Having done the ‘80s dance show Footloose in October 2014 and the darkly humorous Sweeney Todd in April 2015, it was time to go back to some classical musical theatre.

“Calamity Jane is a family favourite that has great songs and dances including Higher than A Hawk, Windy City, Black Hills of Dakota, Whip Crack Away and the award-winning Secret Love. It is rip-roaring comedy that should brighten everyone’s day and who doesn’t need their day brightening in dreary October?”

Tamworth Arts Club will be performing Calamity Jane daily between Wednesday October 14 and Saturday October 17, with two performances on the Saturday. The evening show on Saturday will also be a British Sign Language interpreted performance.

Anyone who wants to enjoy the fun is advised to get their tickets booked early as the Friday night show is already sold out.

Calamity Jane can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood. Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago to recruit a star, Adelaide Adams. 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 longstanding enemy Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense and realise her secret love.

The show is being directed by Martyn Cotterill, who previously directed West Side Story. He is joined on the production team for the first time by Claire Chandler, as assistant director, and choreographer Emily Carroll.

Cast in the main role of Calamity Jane is TAC favourite Jenny Jennings. The talented actress has been with the club for 18 years and has performed some great characters in that time, including Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Dolly in Hello Dolly, Reno in Anything Goes, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls and Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde.

Andrew Gilman stars in the role of Wild Bill and has previously wowed audiences as Max from The Sound of Music, Fagin in Oliver, Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady, Tony in West Side Story and Mushnik from Little Shop of Horrors.

His favourite role was Curly from Oklahoma and Andrew is looking forward to stepping back into the cowboy boots.

Adam Gregory is playing the part of Calamity’s love interest, the heroic Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin, while Nicola Downs plays love rival Katie Brown. Other lead roles in the show include Connor Brooks as the actor Francis Fryer, Peter Wilkes as saloon owner Henry Miller, Natasha Beckett as Henry’s niece Susan and Leanne Smith as sought after showgirl Adelaide Adams.

All are ably supported by a large chorus and a live orchestra.

Tickets to see Calamity Jane are priced at £14.50, £12.50 concessions and £50 for a family of four, made up of two adults and two children. VIP tickets are available for October 15 at the price of £18.50, including pre-show interval drinks and snacks.

Tickets are available online at, in person from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.