Emma O'Neill

The Full Monty stripes off at Sunderland Empire Theatre

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Full Monty

For one week only, The Full Monty is stripping off at the Sunderland Empire Theatre.

From Monday 23 to Saturday 28 February, see Gary Lucy (The Bill and Eastenders) as Gaz, in the stage production of one of the most successful British films made.

The show follows six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers looking to make some fast cash. With nothing to lose, they prepare to go “the full monty” for audiences across the UK.

The script was adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), who also wrote the script for the original 1997 film.

The play – which was originally adapted for American audiences, and set in Buffalo, NY – debuted in Sheffield in 2012, and has since captivated audiences up and down the UK as well as a limited five-week run in London. New songs have been added as well as additional scenes.

On the move back Beaufoy told the BBC: “Without Sheffield, there would be no Full Monty. It’s been a long road – via Hollywood – but finally the characters are coming back home to the place it all started.”

The cast is rounded out by Andrew Dunn (Dinnerladies) as Gerald, Louis Emerick (Last of the Summer Wine) as Horse, Martin Miller as Dave, Bobby Schofield as Lomper and making his stage début, Rupert Hill (Coronation Street) as Guy.

Having already been on tour since September 15, the production has been getting favourable reviews. And with the classic soundtrack rounded out with Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones, it’s sure to get everyone on their feet.

The Full Monty at Sunderland’s Empire Theatre 23-28 February. Tickets from £14.40