Review of The Full Monty performed at The Regent Theatre *

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Who would have thought that a film about six out-of-work, impoverished steelworkers from Sheffield with nothing to lose but to go full monty would take on the world by storm and become one of Britain’s most successful shows even winning the UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production? Well, we were excited to find out what was different about the show compared to the 1997 movie starring Robert Carlyle! Arriving to a fully packed Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent on opening night we quickly joined the 1300 other audience.  Looking around, we realised that 95 percent of them were women, just like us and we could see the excitement on each of their faces (even before the show has started)! With a star-studded cast, we were wondering if the show was going to have any substance or was it just going to be filled with the boys doing a striptease routine….keep on reading to find out what we thought of the show.

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Based on the smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, The Full Monty is set in Sheffield, a city in the English county of South Yorkshire.  The first half of the show started just like in the movie with a lot of grounding work and a detailed storyline about the hard times that they faced in the 1970s which was a little depressing but luckily there was a lot of witty jokes and funny moments added in to keep us laughing and entertained.  We also totally loved the little extras such as the music from the 90s, traditional props such as stereo and television which brought back a lot of memories of yesteryears.

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We could recognise some faces on stage immediately spotting Gary Lucy who plays Gaz and was a crowd favourite, he played the lead helped by his mate Kai Owen, who played Dave and to us, was the stand out performer of the evening.  There was also Andrew Dunn who played Gerald, the serious former-foreman, Louis Emerick who plays an arthritic-hipped man who also has the moves named Horse, Joe Gill who plays Lomper a depressed and suicidal character and James Redmond who plays Guy, a gay plasterer who is also a hairdresser part-time.  A big shout-out has to go to 16-year old Fraser Kelly who did fabulously well playing Gaz’s son and finally we were excited to hear that homeboy Alex Frost who hails from Stoke-on-Trent and is the acting understudy.  We found that the main cast had good chemistry and played well off each other although certain member’s accents were a little unreasonable, but, this didn’t distract from the overall performance.

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Now the second half was more upbeat with the momentum of the play picking up. Overall, we enjoyed the show as it was certainly funny, we found that it made it harder for the actors to dramatise the more solemn parts of the play when compared to the original film.  Did the crowd love the show? Yes they did especially the last 5 minutes of it when the actors gave us ‘the show’ we have been waiting for.  Throughout the show you could hear and see the audience loving each moment as they were not shy to show their enthusiasm by catcalling, clapping, whistling and speaking their mind.   Don’t head to the watch the show if you easily get offended with un-PC jokes as there is a lot of it and it was totally fine with us. The cast and crew did a great job as it is not easy doing what they do while keeping a straight face at the same time and the audience recognised this by giving them a standing ovation at the end. It was definitely a fabulous night out with the ladies and we think it is not to be missed!!

 

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How do I book tickets to watch Full Monty?

Tickets are now on sale and available from the Box Office, by calling 0844 871 7649 or by visiting ATG’s website here.

 

How long is the show for and what are the timings?

The show will be opened yesterday and will run until Saturday, 24 November 2018.

Evening shows are at 7.30pm while matinee shows will be at 2.30pm on Wednesday and Saturday.  Please check ATG’s website for full details on timings.

 

How much does the tickets cost?

Tickets are priced from £3.40 to £31.65

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Photo Credit: Regent Theatre / The Full Monty

 

*We were invited to watch the show in return for a review. All opinions are our own.

41 Comments

  1. November 20, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    That sounds like a really fun show! I love musicals, and I think The Full Monty will be really good. I can’t wait to see it.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 20, 2018 / 8:07 pm

      Hope you do get the chance to catch it Stacie x

  2. Alexandra
    November 21, 2018 / 12:53 am

    This sounds so fun! I would love to see this show 🙂 Thanks for sharing a great review and photos, as always!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 21, 2018 / 7:38 am

      Your welcome, glad you enjoyed it

  3. November 21, 2018 / 1:52 am

    Haha this is totally a great girl’s night out! The latter part must have been a great one obviously this is too funny.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 21, 2018 / 7:38 am

      Yes it is, I think when you put 1000+ excited ladies in a room, it gets a little exciting

  4. November 21, 2018 / 4:47 am

    Sounds like a fun stage show.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 21, 2018 / 7:37 am

      Yes it was

  5. November 21, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    this show sounds like it was so much fun to watch! I enjoyed reading this review — thanks for sharing!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 21, 2018 / 6:54 pm

      Your welcome Annick, and thank you for leaving a comment

  6. Joanna
    November 21, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    Full Monty was one of the first movies I have seen in the cinema! I would love to go and watch this play, it sounds like a lot of fun. And I can’t believe they do the full show at the end, haha!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 21, 2018 / 6:53 pm

      Hahaha yes they did, but I won’t do any spoilers for you…you need to be there to experience it

  7. gitte
    November 21, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    I am ashamed to say I have never been to watch the show, maybe I should now! Thank you for sharing.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 22, 2018 / 11:26 am

      Your welcome Gitte

  8. November 21, 2018 / 11:51 pm

    LOL haven’t heard of but sounds like a fun one. I’d enjoy to see it in person !

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 22, 2018 / 11:26 am

      Yes you certainly would Claire x

  9. Catherine Santiago Jose
    November 22, 2018 / 12:34 am

    I have never heard of Full Monty before but it sounds like a nice and funny show to watch but definitely I am not going to bring my kids when watching them. Hahaha!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 22, 2018 / 11:21 am

      Hahaha yes hope you don’t Catherine lol

  10. November 22, 2018 / 1:46 am

    These are great pictures. I can’t believe I still haven’t seen The Monty Python. On stage or the movie version.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 22, 2018 / 11:21 am

      Oh Marianna! You are missing our on life, you definitely need to watch it, its so iconic and very British film to watch!

  11. Shar
    November 22, 2018 / 4:38 am

    This sounds like such a fun little show to go to! My hubby loves musicals so this would be perfect for us to go to… Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 22, 2018 / 11:20 am

      Yes it was fabulous! And we loved it, a great show to go with your husband for sure

  12. Priyanka
    November 22, 2018 / 5:07 am

    I haven’t been to the theater in so long! Looks like it was a fun experience!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 22, 2018 / 10:58 am

      Yes it was and we loved it Priyanka

  13. November 22, 2018 / 6:58 am

    This sounds like a great time to enjoy with girlfriends! Wish something like this would tour near me. I’d love to see it!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 22, 2018 / 10:58 am

      Do check out their website Shannan, they are touring so might head to a town close to you

  14. November 22, 2018 / 8:17 am

    We are off to see this in Southampton in February, I cannot wait!!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 22, 2018 / 10:57 am

      Oh my!! You would love this Kara xx

  15. November 22, 2018 / 8:30 am

    I love the movie. Would love to see a theatre version of that. This looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

    ❤ Amena.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 22, 2018 / 10:57 am

      Your welcome Amena, glad you enjoyed reading the post

  16. November 22, 2018 / 10:57 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed it. I love theater too, never too often to go and see. I think I should start watching more of modern performances, I stick to classics a little bit too much

  17. Preet
    November 22, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    Such fun and a great experience you had watching this show. This is something that I would love to watch.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 22, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      Absolutely Preet, we all enjoyed it very much and we are sure you would too

  18. November 22, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    now thats it you sold me ! i so want to see that show

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 23, 2018 / 7:52 am

      Thanks Pati, so glad you loved our review

  19. November 23, 2018 / 9:07 am

    Ha! This looks great. The movies fab, but I’d never really thought of watching the stage show before. They don’t really do the full monty though… right?! :-O

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 23, 2018 / 12:11 pm

      Hahahah we shall not say anymore Annette…you must have a look out for their touring dates to see if any do head your way x

  20. Daphne
    November 23, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    I love going to the theater to see a good play but it has definitely been way to long! I need to get tickets before the year end to see one.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 8:59 am

      Hope you manage to catch a good play or musical, there is so much here in Stoke-on-Trent and I know many who travel from London to come here

  21. November 26, 2018 / 10:29 pm

    Thanks for this review! the show sounds great for going to see with friends and have fun!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      November 27, 2018 / 9:12 pm

      Yes it was fab Nati, we are so glad we watched it

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