Full Monty cast out to cause a stir in Sunderland

The cast from The Full Monty braving freezing weather and gales for a photoshoot at The National Glass Centre.
The cast from The Full Monty braving freezing weather and gales for a photoshoot at The National Glass Centre.
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WILL they leave their hats on?

Stars of The Full Monty musical are looking to cause a stir in Sunderland all this week as they breathe new life into the classic British film.

In between baring all on stage, the stars of the show headed out on to the streets of Sunderland to strut their stuff.

At the helm of the cast is Gary Lucy, who’s best known for TV roles in EastEnders, Hollyoaks and The Bill.

He says he’s relishing his time treading the boards as Gaz, a role made famous by Robert Carlyle in the 1997 film which was penned by award-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy.

Gary said: “Simon Beaufoy’s such a talented writer and he’s done a great job of adapting it for the stage. At times it’s emotional, at times it’s funny and the audience really reacts to it, you can feel it.

“The energy really builds to that final scene and then they’re whipped up into a frenzy.”

The familiar tale of Sheffield steelworkers-turned-strippers has been playing to packed houses and whipping them into a frenzy with its cheeky closing scene – so much so, the run’s been extended to cater for demand.

It features famous tracks from the film including Hot Stuff by Donna Summer, as well as hits by Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

Gary is joined on stage by Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Rupert Hill, Martin Miller and Bobby Schofield.

•The Full Monty is at Sunderland Empire until Saturday. For tickets, call 0844 871 3022.