The Full Monty tells the story of six unemployed ex-steel workers in 1980’s Sheffield who have nothing to lose other than their clothes!
This smash-hit play by Simon Beaufoy, based on the 1997 blockbuster Fox Searchlight film, got a strong turn out at The Regent Theatre, with not an empty seat in sight!
The cast includes Gary Lucy as Gaz, who is facing custodial problems with his son, Nathan (played by Frazer Kelly). Gaz’s best mate, Dave is played by Kai Owen who faces body confidence issues, something all guys and girls can relate to.
With Andrew Dunn playing Gerald, Louis Emerick as the part of Horse, and Joe Gill and James Redmond play the parts of timid Lomper and hilarious Guy.
With a fantastically crafted set, the production starts with Gaz and Dave in the steelwork factory with Gaz’s son, Nathan. From the get-go, it has the audience in stitches with the auditions for a spot in ‘The Bums of Steel’, the quick-witted comments of Gaz compared with the shyness of Lomper and the confidence of Guy.
Though predominantly a comedy there are hard-hitting issues which are covered in this play, such as the attempted suicide of Lomper, who is saved from his death by Dave. This was the only part of the play which I did not enjoy; the way it was executed could be perceived as insensitive, with Gaz and Dave listing other ways Lomper could have ended his life and then later joking about his depression.
However, I do think this is authentic to its time because there was the ‘chin-up’ approach to all the men’s issues, which is something we could all embody a little more in today’s society.
There were multiple hits featured, such as the iconic ‘Hot Stuff’ and ‘You Sexy Thing’, with the men’s amazing dance routines to accompany.
The finishing number of ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’ was the perfect ending and had the audience clapping along and with an all-round standing ovation.
With the audience predominantly female, there was cheering when characters came on stage and catcalling and whistling at the scenes when they are practicing their numbers, this is a lighthearted production which anyone looking for a laugh should go along to watch!
The Full Monty is at the Regent Theatre, Hanley from Monday 19 November to Saturday 24 November 2018.
For more information and to book tickets visit AGT Tickets’ website.