The Full Monty returns to Royal & Derngate due to popular demand after it’s previous run back in 2017, proving to be one of Britain’s most successful shows.
The Full Monty is based on the feel-good, British-comedy 1997 film which tells the story of six unemployed men living in Sheffield, who decide to form a male striptease act, a la Chippendale dancers, in order to gather some money.
The set design (designed by Robert Jones) was fitting for the story, including the Steel Mills and the night club. It was versatile and was able to move seamlessly from scene to scene.
Hollyoaks’ Gary Lucy plays lovable, cheeky Gaz and you can tell he’s fully invested in his role after having four years of practise in this leading role. He has a brilliant stage presence and never fails to make us belly-ache laugh, but feel sorry for him all at the same time. A slightly dodgy Yorkshire accent at times, but it’s forgiven!
Nathan, Gaz’s son played by young actor, Fraser Kelly, was a great little actor who has a bright future ahead of him. Dinner Ladies’ Andrew Dunn, who played Gerald was able to portray a character you first dislike for being a miserable old git, but grow to understand and love at the end – a true character transformation.
Other key actors include Louis Emerick as Horse, James Redmond as Guy and Joe Gill as Lomper, all individually shine on stage whilst bringing heart, humour and hilarity to their characters.
I also couldn’t help but love Kai Owen who plays Gaz’s best mate, Dave, whilst portraying the typical ‘funny fat bloke’ you couldn’t help but feel sorry for him in his attempts to gain confidence to strip on stage – something you can’t help but root for him for at the end.
There is so much more to this story than male-stripping, laughter and bums. This story also touches on some serious subjects such as suicide, unemployment, father’s rights, sexuality struggles and body insecurity – all delivered with pathos and heart.
There was still a good mixture of emotion, laughter and plenty of “hot stuff” with the iconic ‘Hot stuff’ scene in the dole queue and of course, the unforgettable ending where they finally perform ‘The Fully Monty’ (which FYI if you’re near the front, you’ll certainly get an eye full!)
It’s the ultimate girls night out, but there were plenty of men roaring with laughter and cheering around us too!
Overall, the direction (by Rupert Hill) managed to stay true to the original movie and characters, which means anyone who is familiar with the film, will get serious throwbacks and those who don’t, will find a new love for this newly adapted British play.
Don’t delay! The Full Monty is only here till Saturday 19th January, so don’t miss on this British comedy. A little bit cheeky, a little bit naughty and a whole lot of funny all in one night at the theatre.
Tickets available at www.royalandderngate.co.uk
Performance: Tue 15 Jan 19, Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Nicole is a Lifestyle, Food and Travel blogger at Nicole Navigates based in Northamptonshire who also loves everything theatre and stagey related. She also founded the Northamptonshire Bloggers Network and loves showcasing everything good in the county. Usually found with coffee.