Monday, 13 March 2017

The Full Monty, UK Tour

theatre, the full monty
Credit: @FullMontyPlay

What do you do when you're having a pretty awful week and you need cheering up? 

You grab a girlfriend and you head off to the theatre for some wine (and cake! Press perks! ;) ), some giggles and some... almost naked men! And that's exactly what I did last week.

The Full Monty by Simon Beaufoy was at the De Montfort Hall all week, and is now moving on to a theatre near you. 

Directed by Jack Ryder, yes THAT Jack Ryder (think Jamie Mitchell in EastEnders) and with a cast headed by Gary Lucy (Hollyoaks, EastEnders, Footballers Wives...) and including well known faces such as Hollyoaks' Kai Owen, Brookside's Louis Emerick, Dinnerladies' Andrew Dunn and Hollyoaks' Chris Fountain, you're set up for a good night.

Based on the 1997 British comedy-drama film, The Full Monty has been adapted for the stage and taken on tour around the UK. And after recently celebrating their 500th show, the cast still seem to be enjoying the run.

Set in Sheffield, the story is based around six unemployed men, four of them laid off steel workers, in the late 80's when Margaret Thatcher's right-ring policies led to once successful steel mills being shut down. The men decide to form a male striptease act, to raise some money.


theatre, the full monty
Credit: @FullMontyPlay

Touching on serious issues such as unemployment, suicide, fathers rights and body confidence, there are some real 'pull on your heart strings' moments, as well as the expected belly-laugh occasions. 

I won't lie, as a big Hollyoaks fan growing up, I was rather excited to see the lovely Chris Fountain, after his recent absence from the world of showbiz and was getting a little impatient throughout the first half, but right before the curtain fell for the half way break, Chris, playing cheeky Guy arrived on stage and made up for the wait by dropping his pants! ;) All was forgiven!

Things got a little confusing at times as the backdrop didn't change too much throughout the whole performance, it was often difficult to work out where they were supposed to be, but otherwise the story was spot on; all the important, memorable bits were in there. (Who could forget THAT moment in the dole queue!!)

The whole performance led up to the well-anticipated moment where things changed from stage play, to show time, where the six men gave us a full on strip tease performance, much to the excitement of the whooping, screaming audience; finishing with them going the FULL MONTY just as the lights went up! 

It was the perfect feel good show! 
Grab your girl friends and head over to a theatre near you before it finishes in April. Read more about the UK Tour and check out the last few venues here.


De Montfort Hall, Leicester has some amazing shows coming up this year, including Flashdance, Blood Brothers, family favourite Gangsta Granny, and my favourite; Dirty Dancing!! 
You can check out what's on here


Have you been to the theatre lately?



*Many thanks to Cool As Leicester for the press tickets for this performance.
All words and opinions are, as always, my own.


35 comments:

  1. oh my word, what an incredible line-up! I hope it makes its way down to the Wimbledon Theatre soon!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh I'd love to go watch this. Always been a little interested!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I've seen a few reviews for this show now, and they have all been overwhelmingly positive. I have seen the film and I wouldn't mind seeing the stage show as it sounds like it is wonderful with a fantastic cast.

    ReplyDelete
  4. ok this has to be the one i want to g and see lol not sure hubby would approve

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm sure this will be lots of fun! I went to the London Palladium this week to the Princes Trust Celebrate Success awards and School of Rock performed xxx

    ReplyDelete
  6. Can you believe I've never actually seen the Fully Monty movie before, but this looks like loads of fun x

    ReplyDelete
  7. Sounds like a perfect plan to cheer up! I would love to see this - going to see what's available now x

    ReplyDelete
  8. Ah what I would give to see this show!Glad you enjoyed it

    ReplyDelete
  9. I have never been to the theatre but I have heard that this is supposed to be quite good. I loved the film

    ReplyDelete
  10. I loved the film so would love to go and see this x

    ReplyDelete
  11. I had no idea Gary Lucy would be in it and he hasn't changed since his Hollyoaks days x

    ReplyDelete
  12. Sounds like a great feel-good show! We loved the original film so sounds great for us :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. I have never seen the full monty at all so this is interesting!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I haven't been to the theatre in quite a while now. This sounds like a fun show I remember the movie was pretty good.

    ReplyDelete
  15. This sounds like such a fun night out, I love the film! xo

    ReplyDelete
  16. I'm really keen to go see this looks like a great night out xo

    ReplyDelete
  17. This sounds like a really fun show! I'd love to see it. x

    ReplyDelete
  18. I need me to see one of those shoes! Sounds so fun!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Sounds like a perfect evening out and you certainly got your moneys worth from the show.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for reading!
Please leave a comment as I'd love to know what you think!!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Blog design By aleelily designs | Powered by Blogger.