Off to see The Full Monty at the King’s Theatre this weekend? Expect big laughs, a giddy audience and an unexpectedly heart-warming show.
When a group of disillusioned former steelworkers from Sheffield witness the success of a Chippendales show in their local pub, they decide to try and claw their way out of unemployment by becoming self-taught strippers. Gaz (portrayed by Gary Lucy) desperately needs cash for child maintenance so that he can see his young son, whilst his former boss Gerald hasn’t plucked up the courage to tell his wife that he was made redundant six months ago.
The 1997 movie has been expertly adapted for this new stage play by Simon Beaufoy, who also wrote the original screenplay. Whilst the laughs are constant and the show features the same iconic soundtrack, it also manages to retain the surprising amount of heart that made the film such a breakout hit in the first place.
The cast, featuring former Footballers’ Wives heartthrob Gary Lucy and Hollyoaks star Chris Fountain, predictably attracted a giddy crowd that were keen to sing, dance and cheer along throughout. The most telling thing about the success of this production, though, was that even those who didn’t come to see their teenage crushes up close (and very personal!) still ended up leaving the theatre with huge smiles on their faces. A great night out!
The Full Monty, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, Edinburgh, until Saturday 29 October, 7.30pm, 0131 529 6000.
Words: Amy Anderson