Pulling out of the West End is the best thing that could have happened to The Full Monty. This endearing, heartfelt musical about a bunch of jobless steel workers who turn to stripping to pay the bills, has become one of the nation’s best loved shows since it ended its London showpiece run and began touring the UK.
Now the production has announced fresh dates and a few new faces to join TV star Gary Lucy in a stage version of a raucous hen night.
The 2016/17 UK Tour of Simon Beaufoy’s The Full Monty, which won the UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production, begins its travels in Bournemouth this September and finishes, appropriately, at the Sheffield Lyceum next April.
The cast is led by Gary Lucy (EastEnders, The Bill, Footballer’s Wives, Hollyoaks) with Joe Absolom (EastEnders, Doc Martin) as Lomper, Andrew Dunn (best known as Tony in Dinnerladies), Brookside’s Louis Emerick, Corrie and Hollyoaks star, Chris Fountain and Kai Owen (Torchwood and Hollyoaks).
In 1997, a British film about six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose, took the world by storm, becoming one of the most successful British films ever made. The story still resonates today, probably more so now than ever with the steel industry going through another crisis.
Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar and BAFTA-winning writer of the film, adapted his own screenplay for this hilarious stage production (read Stage Review’s 2014 verdict of the show bit.ly/1uXBZLx) which features the iconic songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.
Watch a trailer from the 2015 tour:
2016/17 TOUR SCHEDULE
21-24 September, BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion 26 Sept – 1 Oct, NOTTINGHAM Theatre Royal 3-8 October, MILTON KEYNES Milton Keynes Theatre 10-15 October, NORWICH Theatre Royal 17-22 October, INVERNESS Eden Court 24-29 October, EDINBURGH King’s Theatre 7-12 November, LIVERPOOL Empire 14-19 November, BIRMINGHAM Hippodrome 21-26 November, CARDIFF Wales Millennium Centre 28 Nov – 3 Dec, LEEDS Grand Theatre 16-21 Jan, NORTHAMPTON Royal and Derngate 23-28 Jan, CAMBRIDGE Arts Theatre 30 Jan – 4 Feb, BELFAST Grand Opera House 6-11 February, SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn 13-18 February, DARTFORD Orchard Theatre 20-25 February, CANTERBURY Marlowe Theatre 27 Feb – 4 March, GLASGOW King’s Theatre 6-11 March, LEICESTER De Montfort Hall 13-18 March, BRADFORD Alhambra Theatre 27 March – 1 April, LLANDUDNO Venue Cymru 3-15 April, SHEFFIELD Lyceum Theatre.