The hit stage production of THE FULL MONTY is set to appear at the Theatre Royal Bath for two weeks from Monday 3rd February to Saturday 15th February directly before opening in the West End.
In 1997, a British film about six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers who had nothing to lose, took the world by storm and became one of the most successful British films ever made. Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning writer of that film, has gone back to Sheffield where it all started, to rediscover the six men, the women, the heartache and the hilarity of a city on the dole. Be prepared for laughter and tears as we follow Gaz, Gerald, Dave, Guy, Lomper and Horse as they head towards the side-splitting finale – the full monty!
The Full Monty opened on stage in Sheffield last year earning rave reviews from the critics and a rapturous response from audiences on tour. Featuring the iconic songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones, the production visits Bath directly before transferring to the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End.
Kenny Doughty, who is best-known as Sean in Sky TV’s Stella, plays the role of Gaz. His television credits also include Coronation Street, Casualty, New Tricks, Funland, Wire in the Blood and Dinnerladies. Kenny won the Best Actor Award for his performance in The Aryan Couple at the 2005 Palm Beach International Film Festival. His stage work includes Troilus & Cressida at London’s Old Vic; Accomplices for the National Theatre at Sheffield Crucible Theatre; and Present Laughter at Manchester’s Royal Exchange.
Simon Rouse plays the role of Gerald. Best-known on television as DCI Jack Meadows, a role he played in over 800 episodes of ITV’s The Bill; his numerous television credits also include Coronation Street, Broadchurch, Dead Romantic, Minder, Casualty, William The Conqueror, Boon, Robin of Sherwood, and Juliet Bravo. On stage, his West End credits include When We Are Married at the Garrick Theatre; The Changing Room at the Royal Court and Duke of York’s Theatre; and Sweet Bird of Youth at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, which toured to Bath in 1985. He has also performed extensively with the RSC and worked with London’s Tricycle and Royal Court Theatres.
Craig Gazey appears as Lomper. Well-known on television for playing Graeme Proctor in more than 250 episodes of ITV’s hit series Coronation Street; he garnered a National Television Award for the role. His theatre credits include Before it Rains, recently seen at the Bristol Old Vic; Funny Peculiar, which visited Bath on UK tour in 2012; Third Floor at Trafalgar Studios; The Merchant of Venice at The Globe; and Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, and Julius Caesar for the RSC.
Kieran O’Brien plays the role of Guy. A familiar face on our television screens, his many screen credits include Death in Paradise, Vera, Moving On, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Blue Murder, Survivors, New Tricks, Holby Blue, Holby City, Life on Mars, Heartbeat, Band of Brothers, Heart and Bones, Cracker, and Children’s Ward. His theatre credits include the UK tour of Glastonbury; The Man who had all the Luck at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre; Guiding Star at the National Theatre; and Danton’s Death at the Gate Theatre. His many film credits include Spike Island, The Look of Love, A Cock and Bull Story, Nine Songs, 24 Hour Party People, and The Road to Guantanamo.
Playing the role of Dave is Roger Morlidge, whose film credits include The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, Red Riding 1974, Bridget Jones’ Diary and East is East. Roger’s television work includes Downton Abbey, Emmerdale, The Royal, Blue Murder, Doc Martin, Coronation Street, Band of Gold, Born and Bred, and Six Sides of Coogan. On stage, he has performed on many occasions at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, at London’s Royal Court, for the RSC and the National Theatre. He last performed at the Theatre Royal Bath in Henry V in 1997.
Sidney Cole plays the role of Horse. His recent theatre credits include Macduff in Macbeth, directed by Max Stafford Clarke on world tour and The Queen and I, both for Out of Joint Theatre Company. He has also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company many times. His television credits include Beautiful People, Silent Witness, Primeval, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Jonathan Creek, French & Saunders, The Upper Hand, Lovejoy, and Absolutely Fabulous.
The cast is completed by Scott Anson, Tracy Brabin, Caroline Carver, Eamonn Fleming, Elaine Glover, Rachel Lumberg and Ian Mercer.
This is Simon Beaufoy’s first work for the theatre. In 1997 he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for The Full Monty, which won the BAFTA for Best Film. He went on to win the 2009 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire, as well as winning a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award. His recent adaptations include Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Director of The Full Monty, Daniel Evans has directed many productions for the RSC and the National Theatre, and is currently Sheffield Theatre’s Artistic Director. As an actor, he won Olivier Awards for his roles in Merrily We Roll Along and Sunday in the Park with George, and also received a Tony Award nomination for the latter.
Design for The Full Monty is by Robert Jones, whose recent credits include Calendar Girls, Much Ado About Nothing starring Catherine Tate and David Tennant, Hamlet for the RSC and Rock’n’Roll at the Royal Court, in West End and on Broadway. Choreography is by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch). This Sheffield Theatres production is presented by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, the multi-award winning producers of Art, Brief Encounter, God of Carnage and Calendar Girls, all productions which have toured to the Theatre Royal Bath.
THE FULL MONTY tours to the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 3rd February to Saturday 15th February. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk