Keep your hat on, The Full Monty is back

The Full Monty comes to The King's Pic: Contributed

The Full Monty comes to The King's Pic: Contributed

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WHEN The Full Monty hit cinema screens in 1997 it proved an instant smash hit. The British blockbuster was back.

Telling the story of six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose, it quickly took the world by storm becoming one of the most successful British films ever made.

Triumphing in the face of adversity. Against all the odds, the six reinvent themselves as the most unlikely male strip troupe in a tale that is both heartfelt and hilarious.

Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar and BAFTA winning writer of the film, adapted his own screenplay for the stage production, which returns to the city this week for a week long run at the King’s Theatre.

Featuring iconic songs by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones, it’s a story that continues to resonate today, perhaps more so than ever.

Directed by Jack Ryder, best known for playing Jamie Mitchell in EastEnders, the new touring production boasts an all-star cast of TV faces led by Gary Lucy as Gaz.

A familiar face on our screens Lucy’s numerous credits include Danny Pennant in EastEnders, DS Will Fletcher in The Bill, Kyle Pascoe in Footballer’s Wives and Luke Morgan in Hollyoaks - he also won Dancing on Ice.

He is joined on stage by Emmerdale’s Anthony Lewis as Lomper, Andrew Dunn, best known as Tony in Dinnerladies, as Gerald, and Louis Emerick, who played Mick Johnson in Brookside and PC Walsh in Last of the Summer Wine, as Horse.

Completing the sextet are Chris Fountain, Tommy Duckworth in Coronation Street, as Guy, and Kai Owen, Torchwood’s Rhys, as Dave.

Regularly playing to standing ovations, The Full Monty also won the prestigious UK Theatre Award for best touring production.

The Full Monty, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, tonight-Saturday, 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm), £23-£35, 0131-529 6000