Review: The Full Monty at The Opera House, Manchester

Last night i headed down to The Opera House, Manchester for press night.

In 1997, a British film about six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose, took the world by storm becoming one of the most successful British films ever made.  The story still resonates today, probably more so now than ever.

ltor-anthony-lewis-chris-fountain-kai-owen-gary-lucy-louis-emerick-andrew-dunn-in-the-full-monty-credit-matt-crockettSimon Beaufoy, the Oscar- and BAFTA-winning writer of the film, has adapted his own screenplay for this hilarious and heartfelt stage production, which features the iconic songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.The cast was led by Gary Lucy as Gaz and he was played with confidence aplenty. He was joined by Andrew Dunn as Gerald who put on a sterling performance as always.

Louis Emerick as Horse, Chris Fountain as Guy and Kai Owen as Dave all performed ably throughout the performance and all kept to the “realness” of the original script.

Bearing in mind The Full Monty is Simon Beaufoy’s first work for the theatre it had it all of the highlights , a lot of laughs and the serious bits ( which I must admit I did have a little tear in my eye) of the original film.

The finale was just fantastic and got a very fairly deserved standing ovation at the end.

Final Verdict- ☆☆☆☆☆ A must see performance!

Review by Wendy Shepherd

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