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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
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Simon Beaufoy's play of The Full Monty has been so successful that it now heads off on a national UK tour, so are you ready for a debrief?

The Full Monty, national UK Tour, Gary Lucy, Simon Beaufoy,
Baring all in The Full Monty are a line-up of well known faces.


I caught the show late in 2015 at Malvern Theatres when it first appeared as a Sheffield Theatres production. Since then, it has won the UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production and the buzz around its UK-wide tour has led to it amassing an advance box office of over £5 million.

Theatre-goers at Birmingham Hippodrome, Manchester Opera House, Glasgow's King's Theatre and more are in for a thrill. That's because film screenwriter Simon Beaufoy has done a wonderful job of taking the most memorable scenes from the film and condensing them into this extremely funny yet sentimental piece of theatre.

Although there's the comedy of an unlikely group of former steelworkers turned male strippers putting on their first show, the script also tackles grittier topics of how the recession has affected personal relationships in all of their lives, depression and homosexuality.

The Full Monty, national UK Tour, Gary Lucy, Simon Beaufoy,
Hot stuff: the actors have a good on-stage chemistry


At the heart of this theatre show are all those bits we love - the dancing in the dole queue to song Hot Stuff, the awkward rehearsals and the beautifully choreographed finale (where they really do bare all, ladies); but there's also plenty of delightful surprises and special effects that bring a few gasps.

The latest Full Monty tour has much of the same cast as when I saw it and the show is still led by Gary Lucy, of Footballer's Wives and Hollyoaks fame, playing likeable jobseeker Gaz (the role made famous by Robert Carlyle in the film).

The Full Monty was Lucy's first stage role and he does it well, with a particularly impressive Northern accent for an Essex boy.

The Full Monty, national UK Tour, Gary Lucy, Simon Beaufoy,
Gary Lucy leads the cast in The Full Monty


Among the actors reprising their roles as Gaz's downtrodden colleagues include Andrew Dunn from BBC show Dinnerladies as Gerald and former Brookside actor Louis Emerick as Horse. When I saw the show, they all had charisma on stage and a good chemistry with each other that made their banter more realistic.

Joining them on this tour will also be Chris Fountain as Guy, Kai Owen as Dave and Anthony Lewis as Lomper.

The Full Monty, national UK Tour, Gary Lucy, Simon Beaufoy,
The Full Monty, starring Louis Emerick (pictured) on stage manages to keep the essence of the well-loved film.


An advantage of this play is that the touching father and son storyline seems to be explored much more on stage than in the film. The set recreating a derelict steel factory is impressive too.

Beaufoy has managed to create a slick, thrilling and well-crafted transfer to stage for The Full Monty that manages to keep the essence of the well-loved original and has earned itself a national tour.

The Full Monty UK Tour
Age guidance is 12
Tickets cost from £16

2016 Dates

21 - 24 Sept - Bournemouth Pavilion - 0844 576 3000

26 Sep - 01 Oct - Nottingham Theatre Royal - 0115 989 5555

03 - 08 Oct - Milton Keynes Theatre - 0844 871 7652

10 - 15 Oct - Norwich Theatre Royal - 01603 630 000

17 - 22 Oct - Inverness Eden Court Theatre - 01463 234 234

24 - 29 Oct - Edinburgh King's Theatre - 0131 529 6000

31 Oct – 5 Nov - Manchester Opera House - 0844 871 3018

07 - 12 Nov - Liverpool Empire - 0844 871 3017

14 - 19 Nov - Birmingham Hippodrome - 0844 338 5000

21 - 26 Nov - Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre - 029 2063 6464

28 Nov - 03 Dec - Leeds Grand Theatre - 0844 848 2700

2017 Dates

16 - 21 Jan - Northampton Royal & Derngate - 01604 624811

23 - 28 Jan - Cambridge Arts Theatre - 01223 503333

30 Jan - 04 Feb - Belfast Grand Opera House - 028 9024 1919

06 - 11 Feb - Theatre Severn - 01743 281281

13 – 18 Feb - Dartford Orchard Theatre - 01322 220000

20 - 25 Feb - Canterbury Marlowe - 0122 778 7787

27 Feb – 04 Mar - Glasgow King's Theatre - 0844 871 7648

06 - 11 Mar - Leicester De Montfort Hall - 0116 233 3111

13 - 18 Mar - Bradford Alhambra - 01274 432000

20 - 25 Mar - Sunderland Empire Theatre - 0844 871 3022

27 Mar – 01 Apr - Llandudno venue Cymru - 01492 872000

03 - 15 Apr - Sheffield Lyceum - 0114 249 6000


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Why? Fun, thrilling stage version of The Full Monty film
When: Touring from September 2016 to April 2017
Phone: Various - see theatre list
Where: UK Tour including Birmingham Hippodrome
Cost: From £16
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