Review The Full Monty at The Opera House , Manchester

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Firstly, the set. The set was Innovative, layered and very technical. With simple set changes, hidden signage and multi use props.

Next, the story. You know the premise, you know the characters, and this live action version of the show is faithful to the film.

The cast is led by Gary Lucy (Luke Morgan in Hollyoaks, Danny Pennant in EastEnders, DS Will Fletcher in The Bill, Kyle Pascoe in Footballer’s Wives, winner of Dancing on Ice) as Gaz, along with Andrew Dunn (best known as Tony in Dinnerladies and for his regular appearances playing Alastair Campbell on Bremner, Bird and Fortune) as Gerald, Louis Emerick (Norman the Doorman in Benidorm, Mick Johnson in Brookside, PC Walsh in Last of the Summer Wine and soon to be seen as Mike in Coronation Street) as Horse, Joe Gill (Finn Barton in Emmerdale) as Lomper, Kai Owen (Rhys in Torchwood and Pete in Hollyoaks) as Dave and James Redmond (Finn in Hollyoaks and Abs Denham in Casualty)

There are some questionable Yorkshire accents, but it doesn’t detract from the flow of the performance.

There are laughs abound, shocks and gasps and the cast are engaging the audience throughout both halves of the show. Particularly good performances from Joe Gill as Lomper and Fraser Kelly as Nathan.

The young actor from the Star Wars story; SOLO, had a bit of a mic malfunction during a pretty intense and poignant scene, but he delivered his lines with grace, elegance and projection without fluster and was obviously a very accomplished performer.

All in all, this show is a real hoot… I was laughing from start to finish, and you must see it!

The full Monty runs until Saturday 23rd February and for more info and to book tickets click HERE

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