The Full Monty transfers to West End
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
SHEFFIELD Theatres’ production of The Full Monty, a play based on the hit 1997 film, is transferring to the West End – to the Noel Coward Theatre, where it will run for a limited season from February 20 to June 14, 2014.
Directed by Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director Daniel Evans and adapted for stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy from his own screenplay, The Full Monty is about six out of work Sheffield steelworkers who form a troupe of male strippers.
The original cast – Kenny Doughty (as Gaz), Craig Gazey (Lumper), Simon Rouse (Gerald), Keiran O’Brien (Guy), Roger Morlidge (Dave) and Sidney Cole (Horse) – will reprise their roles in the West End.
They will be joined by Scott Anson, Tracy Brabin, Caroline Carver, Eamonn Fleming, Elaine Glover, Rachel Lumberg and Ian Mercer.
The show will feature songs from the film by Donna Summer (Hot Stuff), Hot Chocolate (You Sexy Thing) and Tom Jones (You Can Leave Your Hat On).
The Full Monty is Beaufoy’s first work for theatre. He was not involved in the Americanized musical version, which had a book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek and premiered in America in the year 2000 before transferring to the West End in 2002.
Beaufoy’s screen credits include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, 127 Hours and the adaptation of Slumdog Millionaire, for which he received Academy, Golden Globe and BAFTA awards.
Co-produced by Sheffield Theatres with West End producing partners David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, The Full Monty is designed by Robert Jones (The Wizard of Oz, Calendar Girls) and choreographed by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch, The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night Time).
Tickets: £52.50, £39.50, £25 and £9.50 – there will be no booking fees, no premium seats and no restoration levy. Preview tickets: from £4.75 to £26.25. Available online at www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/Theatres/noel_coward_theatre.asp.
The Michael Grandage Season (with Peter and Alice, The Cripple of Inishmaan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry V) continues at the Noel Coward Theatre until February 15, 2014.