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

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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.

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