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The Full Monty– New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Rupert Hill Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The collapse of Northern England’s industrial heritage caused something of an existential crisis in the workers left behind. Simon Beaufoy’s 1997 film The Full Monty captured that feeling as it was happening, with his tale of a group of ex-steel workers who, desperate for some cash, become the world’s most improbable male ...

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The Full Monty – Opera House,Manchester

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Rupert Hill Reviewer: Helen Jones There can’t be many people above a certain age who haven’t seen the film The Full Monty, released in 1997 to great acclaim.  The story of unemployed Sheffield steelworkers resonated in the post-Thatcher era yet gave a feel-good factor to a dark time in modern history. Writer Simon Beaufoy has skillfully ...

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The Full Monty – Theatre Royal, Brighton

2016 UK Tour of The Full Monty

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Rupert Hill Reviewer: Simon Topping Mirroring the smash hit 1997 film of the same name, The Full Monty starts with a genuine information film from 1972 about Sheffield, called “Sheffield – City on the move”, with the announcer exuberantly and poetically exalting the cities steel industry. Cut to 25 years later and our action begins, following ...

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The Full Monty – Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Simon Beaufoy based on the film, The Full Monty Director: Rupert Hill Reviewer: Clare White In 1997, Simon Beaufoy’s BAFTA-winning feel-good film about six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers captured both audience heart’s and critical accolades. The screen-to-stage adaptation, also penned by Beaufoy, has enjoyed similar success, incorporating the film’s best bits – including the dole queue dance, with a score ...

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The Full Monty – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Jack Ryder Reviewer: R G Balgray Given the political mood music of our own troubled times, it might just be worthwhile to remind ourselves of Thatcher’s Britain. A factory hooter at top volume, a few soundbites of Herself, and a stage set representing a shutdown factory, and we’re there: so starts The Full Monty at the ...

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The Full Monty – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

2016 UK Tour of The Full Monty

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Jack Ryder Reviewer: Dan English   Baring all, except for a modest hat, to earn some quick cash, six northerners enter the world of male stripping in this riotous new tour of The Full Monty. Times have fallen hard in Thatcher’s Britain, nowhere more so than in the steelworks of the north, where Gaz (Gary Lucy) ...

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The Full Monty – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Music Consultant: Steve Parry Director: Jack Ryder Choreographer: Ian West Reviewer: Janet Jepson It often takes a film to hammer home to the masses the effects of huge social changes that occur in British history. Two of the most damaging of these changes in the Yorkshire area in fairly recent decades have been the losses of the ...

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The Full Monty – Liverpool Empire

2016 UK Tour of The Full Monty

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Jack Ryder Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin The Full Monty is a show that offers a whole new meaning to the playwright’s motto of “show don’t tell”. And it delivers using some nifty lightwork sidestepping any real embarrassment. Although the chirpy and clap along mood of the audience suggest they would not have been offended at anything much. ...

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