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Musical starring Linda Nolan and Cheryl Fergison shows how to tackle the menopause with ‘humour and honesty’

PUBLISHED: 16:04 04 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:04 04 April 2016

Menopause the Musical

Menopause the Musical

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The show features well-loved stars.

A musical featuring a number of well-known stars will be making its way to Dartford next month.

The show explores the menopause and delves into its symptoms - which include hot flushes, hormones and mood swings.

It sees four women - who initially seem to have nothing in common - brought together at a department store sale and exchanging stories.

It features Casualty star Rebecca Wheatley, EastEnders’ actress Cheryl Fergison and singer Linda Nolan - who, along with her sisters, shot to fame in band The Nolans.

Speaking about the musical, Ms Fergison said: “This show simply had to be made. It tells you it’s okay to talk about the subject and I’m glad because I’m going through the menopause myself at the moment. You see, until you do you have no idea it’s such a big thing.”

“There are songs about getting older, about your body shape changing,” she added.

“And I love the fact this show reminds everyone that the menopause makes you emotional. I’m now tearing up over nothing at all, and I’m not an emotional person.”

Ms Nolan previously spent three months touring with the musical show in Ireland.

She said: “The timing is great for this show.

“Women just seemed to be desperate for a great night out and enjoy 23 songs such as I Will Survive, but re-written with comedy lyrics. And it doesn’t make light of the menopause, rather it shows you can tackle the likes of raging hot sweats with humour and honesty. I certainly don’t mind anyone knowing I have to have fans in my dressing room, even when it’s cold.

“But what’s really great about this show is that women come up to you and say ‘thank you for making it okay to be over fifty.’”

Ms Wheatley said: “This show won’t change your life or stop you taking your clothes off while watching telly, but it will guarantee you a great night out.

“And having a group of women in one hall all able to laugh at the changes women go through during menopause is a massively uplifting sensation.

The show will be performed at the Orchard Theatre on May 11.

It will be starting at 7.30pm.

For further information or to book visit www.orchardtheatre.co.uk or call 01322 220000.

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