Inspired by the popular British film, The Full Monty took to the Birmingham Hippodrome stage last night, playing to a packed out audience.
Adapted by Simon Beaufoy (based on his own screenplay), the stage version loses none of the original charm the film possesses.
With a fourteen-strong cast, the play exploded onto stage with hilarity and energy. Although the play is primarily a comedy - which had the audience in fits of laughter throughout the night - the play addresses many sensitive issues, including unemployment, impotence, homosexuality, suicide and father's rights. All of this was handled wonderfully by the entire cast and beautifully portrayed in a slick production.
Robert Jones's set design was superb, the generic warehouse backdrop became a dynamic and essential part of moving the play along quickly and was complemented well by Tim Lutkin's lighting design. The explosion of colour in the ultimate scene really showcased the genius of the set.
Gary Lucy's Gaz led the show impeccably, delivering a well-measured performance that balanced the comedy and the desperation in wanting to see his son. Speaking of which, Lucy's relationship with Nathan was a joy to watch. Felix Yates is a star in the making, with a performance that oozed confidence - he had the audience in the palm of his hand as he handed his piggy bank money over to his Dad.
The pairing of Chris Fountain as Guy and Anthony Lewis as Lomper was perfect. Whilst there were other standout performance from Louis Emerick as Horse, Andrew Dunn as Gerald and the endearing Kai Owen as Dave.
Featuring a host of great songs from the likes of Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones this is a clear audience pleaser and it's definitely worth a watch before the run ends on Saturday.
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