The full monty

The Full Monty is one of those shows that, as a male, I've always had a debate in my mind of do I want to see it or not.  The story is  well known but, as was apparent by some of the audience, most people go for the end of the show 'reveal'.  Having had the debate with myself I decided to finally see this show and I am so pleased I did because I thought the show was exceptional from start to finish.

The set is a real masterpiece that is highly detailed and immersive.  You are transported to the Sheffield factory and around the local area with ease and really feel part of the story.

The cast is made up of superb actors with Gary Lucy, Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Joe Gill, Kai Owen and James Redmond playing the 6 key roles.  They envelop their characters from start to finish as you watch them form friendships, fall out with each other and ultimately perform together.  At no point do you question watching 6 real friends struggling together.

The script holds a subtle balance between humour and story and has bits for everybody.  Although the audience had a significant female bias to it the show really is suitable for both sexes.  The story is just as relevant now as it was when it was written, if not more so, as big businesses going bust create large numbers of workers unemployed and wondering what to do with their futures.

I loved everything about this show and the lighting made the finale enjoyable for everyone, even those of us who were happy if the men kept their kits on ;) It is funny, moving and above all entertaining.  So get yourself down to the theatre before it is too late.

Reviewed by Daniel Keen at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent.

The Full Monty is currently touring the  country until May 2019.  Further information and tickets can be found at the shows website.