A Banbury charity with more than six decades of performance history is gearing up for a performance of the musical Calamity Jane.

Set amidst a stirring Wild West backdrop, the musical promises to regale audiences with heart-touching narratives, spirited characters, and vivacious musical pieces.

Banbury Operatic Society will host a relaxed adaptation of the story, inclusive of a British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation, modified light and sound levels, specialised assistance for attendees, and increased places for wheelchairs.

This move is part of the society’s efforts to create a welcoming space for all people and ensure everyone gets to revel in the thrilling adventure.

The action-packed plot of Calamity Jane revolves around the courageous, gunslinging titular character who lives a hazardous life in Deadwood City.

She can outshoot and outride anyone alive, but her heart is captivated by Lieutenant Danny Gilmartin, whose affections sadly aren't reciprocated.

The story unfolds dramatically as Calamity Jane mistakenly brings an unexpected guest to Deadwood City, invoking a domino effect of misunderstandings, intimate friendships, and blossoming romances.

Sarah Wright, a debutant director with the Banbury Operatic Society, said: "Calamity Jane is a timeless classic filled with humour, romance, and unforgettable music.

"Our cast and crew have poured their hearts into bringing this wild west tale to life, and we can't wait for audiences to experience the magic on stage."

The Banbury Operatic Society, Banbury’s oldest musical theatre group with a laudable record of diverse performances, recently staged the musical Kinky Boots to sold-out crowds.

The society also has an award-winning youth group, Youth of Banbury Operatic Society (YOBOS), which stages an entire musical in just one week in the summer holidays and is set to launch School of Rock soon.

Jess Smith, chairman of the Banbury Operatic Society, said: "We are thrilled to continue our tradition of bringing exciting musicals to Banbury.

"Following the success of Kinky Boots, we are confident that Calamity Jane will be a rootin' tootin' good time for audiences of all ages.

"And, with the additional relaxed performance, we hope more people than ever will be able to join us."

Calamity Jane is set to run at Wykham Theatre, Wykham Park Academy from Wednesday, February 14 to Saturday, February 17.

Performances are set to start at 7.30pm, with an additional matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday, February 17, specifically aimed as a relaxed and BSL inclusive performance.

Tickets are available now via the Banbury Operatic Society's website.