BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Full metal packet in The Full Monty: The Play
21:48 GMT, 11 October 2012
It’s the story of ordinary men who enjoy hanging out together, but who happen to strip for a living.
And it’s already making millions.
This is the cast of the The Full Monty: The Play and they’ve been captured on a steel girder that pays tribute to Sheffield, where the tale of unemployed steelworkers is set, and Charles C. Ebbets’s 1932 photo of workers lunching atop a skyscraper.
The last time The Full Monty was staged, it was a musical written by Americans and set in
Buffalo. But Simon Beaufoy, who wrote the 1997 film, has adapted his work and set it — like the movie — firmly back in Sheffield.
Monty men (l-r): Kenny Doughty, Craig Gazey, Keiran O'Brien, Simon Rouse, Sidney Cole and Roger Morlidge in The Full Monty: The Play
‘There’s a strong Northern, local feel about the actors,’ director Daniel Evans noted, adding: ‘Many of them are from Sheffield or thereabouts.’ The Full Monty, a play with music, will run from February 2, 2013, through February 23 at the Lyceum Theatre, where Evans is artistic director, before embarking on an 11-date tour including Birmingham, Leeds and Bristol.
The cast includes Kenny Doughty, who hails from Barnsley in South Yorkshire, and who will take the part Robert Carlyle had in Peter Cattaneo’s film.
The other five ecdysiasts (look it up!) will be played by Craig Gazey, Simon Rouse, Keiran O’Brien, Roger Morlidge and Sidney Cole, and they will move to songs by Rod Stewart, Hot Chocolate and Donna Summer.
During auditions, Evans had a conversation with actors about doing the actual Full Monty.
‘Some were absolutely nervous, and others were positively gung-ho,’ Evans told me.
David Pugh, who is producing the show with partner Dafydd Rogers, said 2 million worth of tickets had been sold so far for Sheffield and the tour — and that’s with top prices, at 29.50 during the week and 32.50 at weekends.
Watch out for…
Joanna Vanderham who stars in BBC TV's eight-part department store soap The Paradise
Joanna Vanderham, who stars in BBC TV’s eight-part department store soap The Paradise. Joanna (who’s very good in the film What Maisie Knew opposite Steve Coogan, Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgard) will join Max Bennett and Gwilym Lee — both ones to watch — in The Promise by Aleksei Arbuzov, translated by Ariadne Nicolaeff in a new version by Penelope Skinner.
Directed by Alex Sims as part of the latest batch of plays in the Donmar at the Trafalgar Studios season, the play is an epic love triangle that starts during the siege of Leningrad in 1942 and ends in disillusionment in 1960. Performances begin November 15 and run through December 8.
Young, who was excellent when I saw him as the master of ceremonies in a
late preview of the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical Cabaret, which is
on at the Savoy Theatre. Rufus Norris has re-staged and built on the
version he directed a few years back.
second act is tremendously moving and reminds you that it’s a rare
musical that stands for something. Do catch this Cabaret. /10/11/article-2216469-1397A9F9000005DC-974_306x302.jpg” width=”306″ height=”302″ alt=”Ben Whishaw who plays the new Q in Bond movie Skyfall, which is being screened to media on Friday” class=”blkBorder” />
Ben Whishaw who plays the new Q in Bond movie Skyfall, which is being screened to media on Friday
Ben Whishaw, who plays the new Q in Bond movie Skyfall, which is being screened to media tonight. Whishaw will perform a cameo role, as will Tilda Swinton, in Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem, which stars Christoph Waltz. Mr Whishaw, one of our best actors, will be seen soon in the movie version of Cloud Atlas, which I very much enjoyed at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Then the actor will appear in Steven Spielberg’s mega sci-fi action film Robopocalypse, which shoots in London next year. He’ll also perform opposite his Bond boss, Judi Dench, in John Logan’s new play Peter And Alice for the Michael Grandage Company at the Noel Coward Theatre from March 9.
Louise Brealey, who plays Molly in Sherlock on BBC TV. Louise will appear with the great actress Dearbhla Molloy and a company that includes Sam Cox, Lucy Ellinson and Jon Foster in Caroline Bird’s adaptation of The Trojan Women, which Christopher Haydon will direct at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill from November 8. This version of Euripides’ war-torn tale is set in a prison’s mother-and-baby unit.
Now watch the trailer for the latest James Bond film, Skyfall