Star Casting Announced For The Full Monty
BY OSCAR WINNER SIMON BEAUFOY Based on the Fox Searchlight Pictures motion picture
GARY LUCY will lead a cast that includes ANDREW DUNN, LOUIS EMERICK, RUPERT HILL, MARTIN MILLER and BOBBY SCHOFIELD in THE FULL MONTY which is opening it’s autumn tour at The Grand from 10 September.
In 1997, a British film about six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose, took the world by storm becoming one of the most successful British films ever made. Now, the boys are back, only this time, they really have to go The Full Monty…live on stage.
SIMON BEAUFOY, the Oscar winning writer of the film, has gone all the way with this hilarious and heartfelt adaptation that’s getting standing ovations every night.
THE FULL MONTY opens at Blackpool Grand Theatre on Thursday 10 September before embarking on an extensive UK tour. Full tour dates follow.
GARY LUCY (EastEnders, winner of Dancing on Ice, Footballer’s Wives, Hollyoaks, The Bill) is Gaz; ANDREW DUNN (best known as Tony in Dinnerladies as well for his regular appearances playing Alistair Campbell on Bremner, Bird and Fortune; extensive stage credits include the original productions of John Godber’s Bouncers and Up’n’Under) is Gerald; LOUIS EMERICK (Mick Johnson in Brookside and PC Walsh in Last of the Summer Wine, a role he has played, on and off, for over 20 years) is Horse; MARTIN MILLER (recent credits include Hitchcock in the New York production of The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock) is Dave; BOBBY SCHOFIELD, one of the most exciting young actors around, makes his stage debut as Lomper and RUPERT HILL (Jamie Baldwin in Coronation Street) is Guy. Further casting to be announced.
The production also features the iconic songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.
The Full Monty is Simon Beaufoy’s first work for the theatre. His screen credits include winning the BAFTA for The Full Monty, 127 Hours, Salmon Fishing in Yemen, Slumdog Millionaire and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
This new production is directed by JACK RYDER. His directing credits include national tours of Calendar Girls andthe short film Act of Memory with Claire Skinner, Owen Teale and Anna Massey which was officially selected for nine international festivals around the world including the Cannes Film Festival. As an actor, Jack is probably best known as Jamie Mitchell in EastEnders, a role he played for four years.
Design is by ROBERT JONES, whose recent credits include Calendar Girls, Much Ado About Nothing starring Catherine Tate and David Tennant, Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Rock’n’Roll (Royal Court, West End and Broadway). Choreography is by IAN WEST,lighting by TIM LUTKIN, sound by SARAH WELTMAN with casting by MARC FRANKUM