Calendar Girls is back with Lynda Bellingham once again playing Chris, the instigator of a semi-nude calendar in aid of leukaemia research.

It is a part she has relished since September 2008 when, following the success of the 2003 film, Tim Firth’s stage adaptation was first presented.

The show is based on the true story of a Yorkshire WI Branch who produced a semi-nude calendar to raise funds for a seat for visitors at their local hospital after one of their husbands died of leukaemia. What a plucky bunch they were.

Yet the originals only had the cameraman to see them whilst their stage versions have to face an audience!

There is nothing distasteful about the stripping off.

It is beautifully done with props to cover the most intimate regions.

For example, sexy Celia (Jennifer Ellison) uses ice bun cherries to cover her nipples.

Trudie Goodwin plays Annie, the woman whose widowhood starts it all. She is quieter and more sensitive than the others.

I especially relate to Lisa Riley’s inhibited Ruth. She brings warmth and wit to a role with which many can empathise.

Bernie Nolan as Cora does a good job of posing at the piano.

And, like the aforementioned buns, Ruth Madoc, who plays the WI chairman, is the icing on the cake with her forthright character.

Nice to see Roger Haines, well known for his Library Theatre work, is the director.

The real calendar girls have now raised £3 million.

* Until February 26. Tickets 0844 847 2275.