Heading for Norwich next Monday and guaranteed to dish up some hot stuff is award-winning show The Full Monty.
Based on the smash-hit movie of the same name, which took the world by storm 21 years ago and created one of cinema’s most iconic moments, The Full Monty stage adaptation retells the gritty and heart-warming tale of six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers who form a male strip-tease act (above) in order to make some cash and in the process end up reassessing their lives.
On stage from Monday through to Saturday, it will feature the iconic songs from the film, such as You Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate and You Can Leave Your Hat On by Tom Jones, plus the movie’s memorable and much-copied dole queue scene (below) played out to Donna Summer’s disco anthem Hot Stuff, and the finale striptease where the characters go ‘the full monty’.
Written for stage by Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar and Bafta Award-winning writer of the movie, the show won UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production. It was Simon Beaufoy’s first time writing for the stage in a career which has seen him achieve huge success with films such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Battle of the Sexes and Slumdog Millionaire.
The show has visited Norwich twice before, in 2014 and 2016, and a former cast member from 2014, Rupert Hill (Coronation Street, The Bill, Hollyoaks), is returning to the city this time as director for the tour having refreshed the dynamics on stage and introduced some new music.
The stellar cast includes Gary Lucy (Luke Morgan in Hollyoaks, Danny Pennant in EastEnders, DS Will Fletcher in The Bill, Kyle Pascoe in Footballer’s Wives, winner of Dancing on Ice), Andrew Dunn (best known as Tony in Dinnerladies and for his regular appearances playing Alastair Campbell on Bremner, Bird and Fortune), Louis Emerick (Norman the Doorman in Benidorm, Mick Johnson in Brookside, PC Walsh in Last of the Summer Wine and Mike in Coronation Street), and Kai Owen (Rhys in Torchwood and Pete in Hollyoaks) – all of whom have toured in the show before. New for this tour are Joe Gill (Finn Barton in Emmerdale) and James Redmond (Finn in Hollyoaks and Abs Denham in Casualty).