The Full Monty at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre | Review
We all know the story from the 1997 The Full Monty film – six unemployed steelworkers who were made redundant and were strapped for cash. These six men who face real problems, like unemployment, self-identity, depression, sexuality, stole scraps of metal from the steel factory to sell and make a bit of cash.
Gaz the lead character, was determined that putting on a strip show for the local women would make him the cash that he needed to pay his child support to his ex-wife, so he could continue to see his son. Only going the ‘Full Monty’ needs courage, but if the Chippendales can do it, why can’t he?
The acting was awesome. It didn’t feel like I was watching a bunch of actors but more like I was watching real men from that time. I could just picture Gaz (played by Gary Lucy) and Dave (played by Kai Owen) going to the local pub to drown a pint in their sorrows. Nathan, played by the young Fraser Kelly was full of emotion – I enjoyed watching him, especially when he swayed to the music. This was a perfect cast. Guy played by James Redmond, was a cool laid back gay guy. Gerald (played by Andrew Dunn), Horse (played by Louis Emerick) and Lomper (played by Joe Gill) had a story of their own. Exceptional acting. This was the perfect cast.
Simon Beaufoy’s Award-Winning Play – The Full Monty is a must see. It was full of fun, giggles and lots and lots of bums and maybe a few wiggly willies. A crowd pleaser, especially if the crowd is full of women. I have not been in an auditorium where the audience screamed, laughed and whistled so loud and this was not only for the expected full monty finale.
This production ending with a well-deserved standing ovation – well done Simon Beaufoy!
Review by Shaidi Ramsurrun
The Full Monty is one of the most acclaimed British films EVER and THE FULL MONTY stage play has become one of the most phenomenal theatrical productions EVER.
This “CHUFFING BRILLIANT” production about six out-of-work, impoverished steelworkers from Sheffield with nothing to lose, took the world by storm and has become one of Britain’s most successful shows.
Based on his smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, this hilarious and heartfelt production has received standing ovations every night and won the prestigious UK Theatre Award.
Featuring Gary Lucy who has made the part of Gaz his own, with an all-star cast of Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Joe Gill, Kai Owen and James Redmond with songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones you really should… drop absolutely everything and book today!
The Full Monty – Photo by Bonnie Britain
The Full Monty
Churchill Theatre, Bromley
MON 22 – SAT 27 OCTOBER 2018
The Full Monty – The Play by Simon Beaufoy
Mon 15 Oct – Sat 20 Oct 2018 Grand Opera House York
Mon 22 Oct – Sat 27 Oct 2018 – Churchill Theatre Bromley
Mon 19 Nov – Sat 24 Nov 2018 Regent Theatre
Mon 21 Jan – Sat 26 Jan 2019 Theatre Royal Brighton
Mon 18 Feb – Sat 23 Feb 2019 Opera House Manchester
Mon 18 Mar – Sat 23 Mar 2019 Liverpool Empire
Mon 22 Apr – Sat 27 Apr 2019 King’s Theatre Glasgow
Mon 29 Apr – Sat 4 May 2019 New Wimbledon Theatre