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The Full Monty, Mayflower Theatre – Review

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February 15, 2019

Way back sometime last year, Hubby booked tickets to see The Full Monty at the Mayflower Theatre as a Valentine’s Date Night with a difference.

The stage show, adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, has been running for an incredible six years, but this is the first time we have seen it and we were not disappointed.

We were first whizzed back to 1972 when the Steel business was booming in Sheffield and the workers promised jobs for life. It was then fast forward 25 years to tell the tale of six redundant Sheffield steelworkers who turn to stripping to raise some desperately-needed cash.

If you are expecting a musical, it isn’t, although it does have a cracking soundtrack, just like the film. What you get is a tale of real people and their problems, with the play tackling issues such as unemployment, suicide, impotence, debt, male body image and homosexuality, but don’t let that put you off – the play is hilariously funny, from beginning to end.

Gaz - Full Monty

Featuring an incredible cast including Gary Lucy (Footballers Wives / Eastenders) as Jack-the-Lad Gaz, James Redmond (Casualty) as Guy, Kai Owen (Torchwood) as Dave, Andrew Dunn (Dinnerladies) as Gerald, Joe Gill (Emmerdale) as Lomper and Louis Emerick (Brookside) as Horse, the show is set between the ruins of the steel factory, to the local working mens club where the men first stumble upon a gaggle of screaming women who are watching the Chippendales, giving them their wacky idea to raise much needed money.

The audition process for “Buns of Steel” was one of the highlights of the show and lead us in to the interval, definitely whetting the appetite for the second half.

Image Credit: Mayflower Theatre

Another highlight for us, was definitely the Job Centre scene, made famous by the film, where the cast were waiting to sign on as Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff came on the radio.

Image Credit: Mayflower Theatre

The supporting cast were just a fabulous as the leads and added real heart to the show and the scene changes were brilliantly done with dimmed lights and a booming soundtrack that made you want to get up and dance.

Of course, the whole show leads up to that amazing finale, where we became the audience for their first show, with the compere telling the lads “You’d better be good, or there’ll be a riot” before announcing the the lads would be doing “The Full Monty!!”

Image Credit: Mayflower Theatre

Did they do it?

Well of course, but a spot of clever lighting spared most of their blushes!!

Image Credit: Maylflower Theatre

It was probably one of the best nights out we have had for ages and Hubby enjoyed the show as much as I did.

The audience was a good mix of couples and ladies on a girly night out, with the show running for approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval.

Tickets cost from £19.50 and are available from Mayflower.org.uk, but hurry, the show is only here until 16th February before heading off around the country. See the tour dates here.

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  1. Reply

    Mellissa Williams

    February 15, 2019

    I remember the film! Sounds like a great night out and glad to know your hubby enjoyed it too. If it comes to Cardiff I will go see it

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    Rhian westbury

    February 16, 2019

    It’s been a long time since I saw that movie but I bet this would be such a fun show to see at the theatre x

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    fashionandstylepolice

    February 16, 2019

    Oh wow! What a show! I bet it was good fun.

  4. Reply

    Rebecca Smith

    February 16, 2019

    I really want to see this, it sounds like a great show with an all star cast!

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    Becky

    February 16, 2019

    I haven’t been to the theatre for such a long time! We saw the stage edition of Brassed Off, and it was brilliant. It sounds a bit like The Full Monty in many respects. I’d love to see it!

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    Eva Katona

    February 17, 2019

    Looks like a brilliant show, the kind of I really enjoy normally!

  7. Reply

    Melanie

    February 17, 2019

    I love a good bit of theatre. Looks like you had a fab time xx

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    Cath - Passports and Adventures

    February 18, 2019

    Aww it sounds brilliant. My sisters and I loved the film, and still do, and it’s a pity it’s no longer running. We’re all meeting up in London in May and if it wad on Wed definitely be up for it!

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    Catherine

    February 18, 2019

    Looks like you had a great time, excellent and fair review. Haven’t been to the theatre in ages, I would love to get back.

  10. Reply

    Lisa

    February 18, 2019

    This looks like so much fun! I’ve only seen the film, but I can imagine the play would be just as funny too!

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    kumamonjeng

    February 19, 2019

    I thought it is a musical but luckily you have mentioned it is not. I like how the play tackling issues with our society now, it gets related to our life today. Glad to learn that the play is hilariously funny and that is most important.

  12. Reply

    Heather

    February 19, 2019

    I have never seen this show (or the movie), but I have so many friends who love it. I bet it’s great live.

  13. Reply

    Anosa

    February 19, 2019

    What an incredible show and a perfect Valentines day gift for sure.

  14. Reply

    Georgiana

    February 19, 2019

    It looks like a lovely show! Thank you for sharing the youtube video as well!

  15. Reply

    katie davies

    February 19, 2019

    i absolutely love the film it is so funny what a great show looks like you had a lovely time!

  16. Reply

    Jess Howliston

    February 19, 2019

    I love this film and had no idea there was a stage show! It sounds like a great performance and a fantastic night out!

  17. Reply

    Felecia Monique

    February 19, 2019

    I love plays!!! I haven’t heard of this film though. It seems fun!

  18. Reply

    Hang Around The World

    February 19, 2019

    It’s been a long time since I watched a theatre show. Thank you for sharing it!
    Now I want to theatre 🙂 – Amalia

  19. Reply

    Sara Welch

    February 19, 2019

    What a fun experience! I’ll have to check them out if they travel to CA.

  20. Reply

    John Mulindi

    February 19, 2019

    What an experience! I would love to check out some of these shows. Thanks.

  21. Reply

    Tonya Morris

    February 19, 2019

    I actually have not heard of this before! Sounds like an awesome play I will have to go and see for myself!

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    berlin | Momi berlin

    February 19, 2019

    Must be such a hilarious day watching those men acting on stage. I was able to watch Full MOnty play when our school sponsored a play way way before and it was such a fun experience.

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    Yeah Lifestyle

    February 19, 2019

    This sounds like a great show, I would definitely like to see it myself.

  24. Reply

    Jasmine Hewitt

    February 19, 2019

    i cant remember if I ever saw the movie. but the play looks really fun!

  25. Reply

    Kristy Bullard

    February 20, 2019

    I love watching a good show with my friends! It makes for a great night out! I’ve never seen this movie or play but it looks hilarious!

  26. Reply

    Sam

    February 20, 2019

    It’s been a really long time since it was the movie. The play sounds like a lot of fun! What a great night out.

  27. Reply

    Shannon Gurnee

    February 20, 2019

    I remember the movie. I bet it was awesome on stage!

  28. Reply

    Preet

    February 20, 2019

    This looks like a fun show. This is something that me and my husband would really love to watch.

  29. Reply

    Alexandra Cook

    February 20, 2019

    Oh wow, That was fantastic. This is a show that would be so fun to watch.

  30. Reply

    Fatima Torres

    February 21, 2019

    What an interesting review on such an iconic show. Thanks for your honesty

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    Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog

    February 22, 2019

    The Mayflower theatre is near us and my mummy used to visit all the time! We love the original film and this sounds like a great adaptation.

  32. Reply

    NAti

    February 24, 2019

    I never saw the movie,but I think I would enjoy the play!

  33. Reply

    Akamatra

    February 25, 2019

    I’ve heard great things about the play but I’ve yet to see it. Maybe soon!

  34. Reply

    Mandi

    May 5, 2019

    Sounds like a brilliant show, I was gutted that I missed it when it came to Norwich, the live stage shows always seem so much more alive than the films.

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