Full Monty play gets West End run

The Full Monty The Full Monty play features Kenny Doughty (right) as Gaz, the role taken by Robert Carlyle on screen

Related Stories

A stage version of hit 1997 film The Full Monty is to get a West End run.

The story of six steelworkers-turned-strippers was adapted for the theatre by the film's writer Simon Beaufoy and has been on a successful UK tour.

It will be at the Noel Coward Theatre in London for 16 weeks between February and June 2014.

When it was premiered in Sheffield this February, The Times' critic Donald Hutera said it "can't top the film but, happily, equals it".

The play, directed by Sheffield Theatres artistic director Daniel Evans, stays true to the tale of the unemployed Sheffield mates who find themselves on the scrap heap of life after their factory shuts.

They decide to stage a male strip show to boost their bank balances and self-esteem.

The actors include Kenny Doughty, who fills the role played by Robert Carlyle in the film, ex-Coronation Street star Craig Gazey and Simon Rouse, known for playing The Bill's Jack Meadows.

They do go the full monty, stripping off completely at the climax of the play - but clever lighting spares the actors' blushes.

The tour has been a particular hit with female audiences. Describing the atmosphere in the audience during the final striptease scene at the premiere at the Sheffield Lyceum, Daily Mail critic Quentin Letts wrote that "the wenches of Sheffield growled like Jensen Interceptors at the traffic lights".

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Entertainment & Arts stories


Features & Analysis

  • Prostitute in red light district in Seoul, South KoreaSex for soldiers

    How Korea helped prostitutes work near US military bases

  • LuckyDumped

    The rubbish collector left on the scrap heap as his city cleans up

  • A woman gets a Thanksgiving meal at a church in FergusonFamily fears

    Three generations in Ferguson share Thanksgiving reflections

  • Canada joins TwitterTweet North

    Canada's self-deprecating social media feed

From BBC Culture


  • All-inclusive holidaysThe Travel Show Watch

    With all-inclusive holidays seeing a resurgence are local trades missing out to big resorts?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.