In 1997, a British film about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose, took the world by storm. then they came back, live on stage, only this time, for them, it really had to be… The Full Monty!
Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar winning screenwriter of the original film, has gone back to Sheffield where it all started to rediscover the men, the women, the heartache and the hilarity of a city on the dole. Featuring songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones as well as new material and additional songs.
Following its sell out UK tour The Full Monty arrives at the Noel Coward theatre on 15th February 2014 and the current cast includes Kenny Doughty (from Sky 1’s Stella), Craig Gazey (ex Corrie), Simon Rouse, Keiran O’Brien, Roger Morlidge and Sidney Cole.
The Full Monty follows the lives of six unemployed Sheffield men who see a way out of the dole queue and into nightclubs by forming their own unique male stripping troupe. Their steamy dance routines include Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff and Tom Jones’ You Can Leave Your Hat On – which sums up exactly what the six actors do live on stage … ok that’s not entirely true – they leave their boots on as well!
The press, so far, has enjoyed what it’s seen…
‘A total blast’ – The Guardian
‘Hot stuff… a monster of a show’ – The Daily Express
‘Every inch a whopping hit… ticks all the right lunchboxes’ – The Daily Telegraph
‘Chuffing brilliant!’ – The Independent
‘It’s a cheeky treat’ – The Daily Mail
‘It’s chuffing champion’ – Mail on Sunday
The Full Monty is on at the Noel Coward Theatre located in St Martin’s Lane just behind Leicester Square underground station which is served by the Northern and Piccadilly lines. Hotels within walking distance include the 5 star Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire, but if you want a cheaper option then the 3 star Travelodge Covent Garden is within a 10 walk and the 3 star St Giles Hotel with the added bonus of an indoor swimming pool is on the north side of Oxford Street
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Well, absolutely loved this show. I think I liked it more than the film and I really really liked the film!
All the cast are great fun and its a testament to their stage presence that the audience are whipped into a frenzy for the final "will they or won't they" scene.
A great night out for male & female theatre goers.