"The Full Monty is the full package at Birmingham Hippodrome".
This professional touring show delivers everything you could want in a theatre adaption of the much loved 1997 film The Full Monty. It brims with entertainment with hits like Flashdance `95, Hot Stuff and You Sexy Thing. It is made even stronger by the talented cast with noticeably great chemistry between each other.
The story itself is based on the struggles of a group of unemployed Sheffield steel workers when they are driven to desperate measures. The gritty reality is perfectly balanced with comedy, fun and plenty of dance moves. One of the most amusing scenes to watch included the renowned signing on queue at the job centre which was both perfectly choreographed and hilarious.
Gary Lucy shone in his role as Gaz and appreciation for his dance moves was heard amongst the excited audience. The partnership between him and Dave, played by Kai Owen, appeared natural and they both created great comedic moments throughout. Every single cast member gave a perfect performance and they were all incredibly well suited for their roles.
The show builds to the much-anticipated big finale of the strip dancing, to the hit You Can Leave Your Hat On, and they don`t fail to deliver the full monty. With some clever use of lighting the stripping off was done in a suggestive and tasteful way. It was everything you could want for in the ending of a show like this.
The enthusiastic audience was kept keen and they also delivered their own sounds effects, mostly when an extra bit of flesh was on show or in response to some hip wiggling. After much anticipation everyone was wowed by the big finale and immediately up on to their feet to give a standing ovation.
With such a positive response and by winning awards, such as best UK theatre award, this show is likely to be a firm favourite for a long time.
The Full Monty is playing at the Birmingham Hippodrome until 10th Nov.
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