The Full Monty

Based on the film screenplay by Simon Beaufoy.

2002: The Full Monty the MUSICAL

2014: The Full Monty the PLAY

The Full Monty the Musical - 2002

Previewed 27 February 2002, opened 12 March 2002, closed 23 November 2002 at the Prince of Wales Theatre

Broadway's feel-great stage musical version of The Full Monty in London

A group of unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, New York are miserable. They have no cash and no prospects. Meanwhile, they catch their wives and other women going crazy over male strippers during a 'Girls' Night Out.' Thus the men then set out to make some quick cash by showing off their 'real man' bodies as a team of male strippers. As the guys work through their fears, self-consciousness and anxieties they come to discover that not only are they stronger as a group, but that the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to face their demons and overcome them.

Featuring an original award-winning score by David Yazbek, The Full Monty follows the lives of six working-class heroes from Buffalo, New York, who have a lot to offer and nothing to lose - but their clothes! Four-time Tony Award winner Terrance McNally has adapted the most successful British film of all-time into an hilarious and touching stage musical.

Musical with music and lyrics by David Yazbek, and book by Terrence McNally, based on the movie with screenplay by Simon Beaufoy.

The cast features John Ellison Conlee as 'Dave Bukatinsky', Jason Danieley as 'Malcolm MacGregor', Romain Fruge as 'Ethan Girard', Marcus Neville as 'Harold Nichols', Andre De Shields as 'Noah "Horse" T Simmons' - who are all reprising their roles from the Broadway production, they are joined in the West End by - Jarrod Emick as 'Jerry Lukowski', Dora Bryan as 'Jeanette Burmeister', with Julie-Alanah Brighten as 'Pam Lukowski', Andrew Brooke as 'Reg Willoughby', Cavin Cornwall as 'Police Sergeant', Tricia Deighton as 'Molly MacGregor', Jacqui Dubois as 'Joanie Lish', Julian Essex-Spurrier as 'Buddy "Keno" Walsh', Samuel James as 'Minister', Steve Judkins as 'Tony Giordano', Andy Mace as 'Teddy Slaughter', Gina Murray as 'Georgie Bukatinsky', Donna Steele as 'Susan Hershey', Rebecca Thornhill as 'Vicki Nichols', Tara Wilkinson as 'Estelle Genovese', Nadine Cox, Matthew Hudson, Sion Lloyd, Kate Pinell, and Rohan Reckord.

Directed by Jack O'Brien, with choreography by Jerry Mitchell, sets by John Arnone, costumes by Robert Morgan, lighting by Howell Binkley, and sound by Mike Walker.

"The writer, Terrence McNally, has moved the location from Sheffield to the equally washed-up steel town of Buffalo, New York State. It works. The great bonus is that the raunch factor is better on stage than in the film... The live production soon makes you forget all about the film. The story here is cheesier but it is a lot funnier, thanks to the live audience feedback... The great thing about the show is its sense of wit. The music and lyrics by David Yazbek marry up a treat and Michael Jordan's Ball closes the first act with a terrific bang... For all its sentimentality, it is a touching and rampageous show that gets back to basics. It should put the pose back in the West End's pouch all right." The Daily Express

"The unemployed steel blades of Sheffield have shuffled off to Buffalo and become unemployed American steelworkers who rediscover their self-esteem as the Hot Metal strippers... Overall, this is a terrific new musical, with a punchy, vigorous score by rock writer David Yazbek... The score is middleweight metal, with a wonderful harshness that melts into lyrical, lilting ballads, then erupts into rock reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen. Terrence McNally's libretto is a cunningly inventive re-working of the script... Mr McNally, the accomplished playwright, certainly packs his dialogue with the pain, and the laughter, of characters battling against predictable notions of themselves." The Daily Mail

"There is nothing like a great Broadway musical. And The Full Monty is nothing like a great Broadway musical. It is simply a rip-off of a great British movie. The tale of a group of unemployed Sheffield men who turn to stripping to make some money might be the same, but the action has been switched from Yorkshire to New York State. It comes as a shock to find the pals speaking in Yankee accents. So does hearing them burst into song... The six male leads, who are all American, work their jockstraps off to preserve the fighting spirit of the original, but much of the story's charm is lost on a sea of soppy sentimentality... While the show might go The Full Monty, it is nothing like The Real McCoy." The Daily Mirror

"David Yazbek's tunes are, I suppose, not too memorable; but, starting with a testosterone-packed elegy to the awfulness of being on the scrapheap, they often have energy and punch. Broadway energy, plus a lot of laughter and our own Dora Bryan as a fey-seeming pianist with a bold tongue, is what the show delivers. I'm pretty sure that McNally also wants us to think about gender politics but even that subject is more likely to tickle the public's armpits than furrow its brows. The plain truth is that The Full Monty is as enjoyable a musical as London now offers." The Times

The Full Monty in London at the Prince of Wales Theatre previewed from 27 February 2002, opened on 12 March 2002, and closed on 23 November 2002.

The Full Monty the play - 2014

Previewed 20 February 2014, Opened 25 February 2014, Closed 29 March 2014 at the Noel Coward Theatre in London

A major production of Simon Beaufoy's play with songs The Full Monty in London

In these tough times - how far would you go? Sheffield in the 1980s. Six out of work Sheffield steelworkers have nothing to lose, but everything to gain... if they'll do The Full Monty!

Adapted for the stage by the original Oscar-winning screenwriter, Simon Beaufoy, from his smash hit 1997 film, this stage version features the songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

The cast features Kenny Doughty as 'Gaz', Craig Gazey as 'Lomper', Simon Rouse as 'Gerald', Keiran O'Brien as 'Guy', Roger Morlidge as 'Dave', Sidney Cole as 'Horse', with Scott Anson, Tracy Brabin, Caroline Carver, Eamonn Fleming, Elaine Glover, Rachel Lumberg, and Ian Mercer.

Directed by Daniel Evans, with choreography by Steven Hoggett, designs by Robert Jones, lighting by Tim Lutkin, and music and sound by Ben and Max Ringham.

Prior to London, this production, with the same cast, premiered at the Sheffield Lyceum Theatre - previewed from from 2 February 2013, opened on 18 February 2013, and closed on 2 March 2013 - followed by a major regional tour.

Daniel Evans is currently the Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres. His recent London theatre acting credits include Paul Miller's revival of Christopher Hampton's Total Eclipse at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2007 and Sam Buntrock's revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical Sunday in the Park with George at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2005 and subsequent transfer to the Wyndham's Theatre in 2006.

Steven Hoggett West End theatre credits include Marianne Elliott's production of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the National Theatre in 2012 and subsequent transfer to the Apollo Theatre in 2013 and John Tiffany's stage production John Carney's Once at the Phoenix Theatre in 2013.

"It's set - and stuck - in the Eighties, when Margaret Thatcher had called time on the Sheffield steel industry. But there's nothing dated about the ball-breaking effects of unemployment. Former crane-operator fat Dave (Roger Morlidge) has lost his mojo while Kenny Doughty's cocky charmer Gaz has lost his wife to a bloke who can afford a mortgage, and is in danger of losing access to his son. Desperate times call for desperate measures. The final fabulous five minutes, when the men overcome all inhibitions and let rip, are a blinder - in every sense. Champion." The Mail on Sunday

"Since 1997, when the film first appeared, jobs for life have become even rarer and men are possibly less obsessed with old-fashioned notions of masculinity. Yet the heart of Simon Beaufoy's play still rings true as it explores the damage to your self-esteem if you can't find a job or earn a decent wage. Most of the action in Daniel Evans's rousing production takes place in the old steelworks, an effectively grimy setting in which the lads rehearse. Alongside Gaz (Kenny Doughty), there's Dave (Roger Morlidge), a reluctant stripper whose gut has expanded as his libido has diminished. Taking them through the routines is their old foreman (Simon Rouse), a Tory with a strange love of gnomes, whose passion for dancing is more Strictly than disco. Then there's Craig Gazey's weedy Lomper, a security guard who is contemplating suicide, and the well-endowed Guy (Kieron O'Brien). The gritty humour remains, with an added dose of anti-Thatcher jibes." The Sunday Times

"Whereas the Broadway musical was slick but heartless, the current dramatisation retains all the film's rough edges. The men's struggle to cope with the effects of unemployment, not just on their pay packets but on their self-esteem and relationships, remains as poignant as ever, but it has been given a fresh coat of gallows humour... The finale in which the men put on (and take off) their uniforms is a classic pantomime transformation scene reminding us that, for all its grit, the story is essentially a fairy tale. Daniel Evans's production, transferred from Sheffield, expertly balances comedy and pathos." The Sunday Express

The Full Monty in London at the Noel Coward Theatre previewed from 20 February 2014, opened on 25 February 2014, and closed on 29 March 2014.