Will theatre stars bare all on return to the Sunderland Empire stage?

The Full Monty returns to the Sunderland Empire.
From left Kai Owen, Anthony Lewis, Gary Lucy, Chris Fountain, Louis Emerick and Andrew Dunn
The Full Monty returns to the Sunderland Empire. From left Kai Owen, Anthony Lewis, Gary Lucy, Chris Fountain, Louis Emerick and Andrew Dunn
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Hold on to your hats, The Full Monty are back in town.

The hit musical, based on the film of the same name, will be raising laughs at the Sunderland Empire all this week.

The Full Monty returns to the Sunderland Empire.
From front Gary Lucy, Chris Fountain, Louis Emerick, Anthony Lewis, Kai Owen and Andrew Dunn

The Full Monty returns to the Sunderland Empire. From front Gary Lucy, Chris Fountain, Louis Emerick, Anthony Lewis, Kai Owen and Andrew Dunn

Directed by Jack Ryder, the tour is led by Gary Lucy as Gaz, who is best-known for his roles in Eastenders, The Bill, Footballers’ Wives and Hollyoaks.

He’s joined on stage by Andrew Dunn as Gerald, Louis Emerick as Horse, Chris Fountain as Guy, Anthony Lewis as Lomper and Kai Owen as Dave.

Like the film from 1997, it tells the story of six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose who put on a strip show.

It went on to take the world by storm, becoming one of the most successful British films ever made.

Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar and Bafta-winning writer of the film, has adapted his own screenplay for this stage production, which features the iconic songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

• The Full Monty is at Sunderland Empire until March 25. Tickets from 0844 871 3022.

• To read a review of the show see Thursday’s Guide or visit www.sunderlandecho.com