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The Full Monty, King’s Theatre, Glasgow - 23rd September – 4th October 2014

Published by: Jon Cuthbertson on 26th Sep 2014 | View all blogs by Jon Cuthbertson

After the musical version relocated the story to Buffalo USA, Simon Beaufoy brings the Full Monty setting back to Sheffield with his stage version of his own screenplay.

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If you haven’t seen the original film, the story follows a group of jobless ex-steelworkers who in an effort to raise some much needed funds, decide to form a male strip troupe. Knowing that the local ladies have recently had “The Chippendales” performing, they need to offer something special and decide they will go “The Full Monty”. So far, so seedy, but this story has a lot more depth. Leader of the gang, cocky Gaz, is fighting for the money to pay back child support to keep getting access to his son, Foreman Gerald is keeping his job loss secret from his wife, as he thinks she’ll leave if she doesn’t continue to have her luxury lifestyle and Lomper is so depressed at having no friends he is contemplating suicide.


With a cast comprising of many household names, it is heartening to see that most have also had a lot of stage experience – and it is needed for a show like this. With a lively audience, the actors’ sense of timing is vital to ensure that no dialogue is missed, but that the show keeps moving at a decent pace. Martin Miller and Liz Carney gave a beautiful example in a touching scene between the overweight Dave and his supportive wife Jean, which on a few occasions had the exuberant audience throwing in some lines of their own – but it is a testament to these performers that the scene never lost focus and provided probably the most emotional moment of the show. Andrew Dunn as Gerald provides a great authoritative figure for the group and with an excellent Kate Wood in one of her three diverse roles as his wife Linda, make another touching story to tell. Rupert Hill and Bobby Schofield as Guy and Lomper give another emotional level to the story as they bond within the troupe.


However for me the real star of this show was the ingenious industrial set, designed by Robert Jones. The simple transformations between scenes – making use of the contents of the old steel works and the audience’s imaginations – made for seamless transitions that kept the show ticking along nicely.


The question everyone is dying to know the answer to is – did they go The Full Monty? Well, the signs outside warn of male nudity, and the lighting does go some way to spare the actors blushes – but I can confirm that they do indeed go the Full Monty. With some of the memorable moments from the film very cleverly recreated and linked with the music you are waiting to hear, if you are a fan of the film, you should not be disappointed. Although it has a hint of risqué about it, this play still seems gentle enough to be a heartwarming fun night out (if you ignore the male nudity and the choice language!).


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Evenings: 7.30pm                                            

Matinees: Wed & Sat at 2.30pm (booking fee)

0844 871 7647 (booking fee)


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 3 years ago
    Thanks, Jon. Great review. I would have been raging at the "exuberant audience", though!
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