It’s still hot stuff on stage
In 1997 a British film about six out of work steelworkers with nothing to lose took the world by storm. Now they are back and this time they really have to go the Full Monty... live on stage. CAMILLA GOODMAN reviews the show
LOOKING for some Hot Stuff to warm you up this chilly December? Then look no further, because The Full Monty is on a UK tour and it is guaranteed to warm your cockles this winter.
I went along to the opening night of The Full Monty at the theatre in Exchange Street, Aylesbury, on Monday, November 23 and to be honest, I was not really sure what to expect.
I love the film and I was worried this show would not come close to comparing with it, but I was wrong.
I had not looked into the details of the show before going along, and for some reason I was expecting it to be a musical, which is why I think I had my reservations prior to the show.
Thankfully it wasn’t, because I really do not think that would work, but it does still feature the same hit soundtrack from the 1997 film with songs by Hot Chocolate, Tom Jones and Donna Summer.
The Full Monty worked so well on stage, and within the first two minutes any concerns I had about the show vanished.
The set was so effective, and it easily transformed from a steelworks factory, to a working men’s club, job centre and more.
The cast, made-up of Gary Lucy as Gaz, Martin Miller as Dave, Bobby Schofiled as Lomper, Andrew Dunn as Gerald, Louis Emerick as Horse and Rupert Hill as Guy, were perfectly chosen and had a great chemistry on stage.
Fraser Kelly, 11, who played Nathan on the evening I went, was also outstanding.
The film’s comedy moments are not lost on stage, in fact they are enhanced and had the whole packed-out audience roaring with laughter throughout the show.
I opted to take my female friend with me to see the show, and left my boyfriend at home despite his protests. I thought I was doing him a favour because I thought the show would just appeal to us ladies.
Again, I was wrong and I was surprised to see just how many men had come to see the show.
They were there because it is a great show that is jam-packed with laughs, and they only have to suffer screaming women for the last minute of the show when the stars do The Full Monty – and trust me ladies, that is worth the wait.
If you liked the film you will absolutely love the show, which is guaranteed to leave you with a huge smile on your face – whether you are male or female.
For more information on the The Full Monty tour visit www. fullmontythe play.com.