Review, The Full Monty 2024 UK Tour, At The Opera House Manchester

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Last night, we headed into the heart of Manchester’s vibrant theatre scene to watch the curtain rise on a timeless tale that promises laughter, heart, and a healthy dose of cheekiness. The Full Monty captivates audiences with its poignant narrative and unforgettable characters.

From the moment the lights dim and the first notes fill the air, audiences are transported to 1980s Sheffield, where the struggles of unemployment and economic downturn weigh heavily on the community. Against this backdrop, a group of unlikely heroes emerges, embarking on a journey that is as hilarious as it is heartfelt.

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What Is The Full Monty About

“The Full Monty” is a story set in Sheffield, England, during the 1980s. It follows the lives of a group of unemployed steelworkers who are struggling to find work and make ends meet after the closure of the local steel mill. The main character, Gaz (Danny Hatchard), is facing financial difficulties and risks losing custody of his son due to unpaid child support.

In a desperate attempt to earn money, Gaz comes up with the idea of forming a male strip act. Despite initial scepticism from his friends and the community, Gaz convinces a group of fellow unemployed men to join him in creating a one-night-only strip show. The group, which includes characters Dave (Neil Hurst), Gerald (Bill Ward), Lomper (Nicholas Prasad), Guy (Jake Quickenden) and Horse (Ben Onwukwe), and follows as they embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth as they prepare for their unconventional performance.

The Full Monty UK Tour Review

Review of The Full Monty

The play doesn’t shy away from tackling tough subjects such as suicide, sexuality, poverty, and impotence. Yet, it handles them with a deft touch of humour, eliciting genuine laughter from the audience while maintaining empathy and understanding of the characters’ struggles.

At its core, The Full Monty is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of friendship amidst adversity. The cast delivered stellar performances that captured the essence of their characters with nuance and authenticity.

Despite its simplicity, the set effectively captured the essence of each scene, complementing the narrative without overshadowing it. And yes, for those wondering, The Full Monty does indeed deliver on its promise—but tastefully and ingeniously that adds to the story’s charm and allure.

This isn’t just a show for a girls’ night out; it’s a story that resonates with audiences of all genders but is not one for the kiddies. The desperation that drives the characters to extraordinary lengths is universal, making The Full Monty a compelling and relatable theatrical experience.

Where Can I See The Full Monty

The Full Monty Theatre Tour is showing at the Opera House in Manchester until and including Saturday the 17th Feb.

Then at Theatre Royal Glasgow; From Tue 20 Feb – Sat 24 Feb 2024

You can buy tickets here.

Disclaimer, I was gifted tickets in return for a review of the Full Monty but you can’t argue with a story that has you laughing out loud for several hours, this one really is a winner.

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Sarah Christie is a craft, food, cruise, and family travel blogger Extraordinary Chaos, Cruising For All and Mini Travellers. Known for her unique perspective and ability to find beauty in chaos, Sarah designs and creates craft projects as well as creating recipes for people who want to cook from scratch the easy way. Whilst also exploring family travel and how to navigate it.

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