An early closure for the West End’s Full Monty

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After glowing reviews, standing ovations and an Olivier nomination London theatre’s The Full Monty is finishing early. The good news? You’ve still got time to buy tickets and catch the hailed West End comedy

The feel good show is brought to an abrupt end in London

The feel good show is brought to an abrupt end in London 

After five weeks playing at the Noel Coward Theatre, the Full Monty is to close, two-and-a-half months earlier than originally planned. The last Fully Monty performance at the Noel Coward Theatre will take place on 29 March, 2014.

The early closure has been pinned on being due to poor ticket sales, which could be deemed as ironic given the applaudable reviews from critics, numerous standing ovations and the fact the show was nominated for an Olivier Award for best new comedy. According to the Full Monty producers, David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, “not enough of a West End audience had bought tickets.”

News that has left many bewildered

Due to its acclaimed status on the West End the news that the show is to end early has puzzled many, including some critics. The Telegraph theatre critic Charles Spencer was amongst the bemused.

“If ever a show had ‘big hit’ written all over it then it is this wonderfully entertaining and deeply touching stage version of the successful British film The Full Monty.”

The show’s performers were also shocked by the news. Actor Kenny Doughty, who plays Gaz, says he is “devastated and heartbroken”.

“We delivered night after night. The audiences loved it. We got amazing reviews. An Olivier nomination… We deserved better.”

A classic British comedy

The Full Monty’s plot needs little introduction. Released as a film in 1997, this hit British comedy is centred on six unemployed steel workers in Sheffield, who, inspired by Chippendale dancers, formulate a male striptease act. With the crowd jeering the lads on to go the ‘full monty’, the film became an instant success and is one of the most successful British films of all time.

Much of the film’s success is owed to the fact that despite being a comedy, the plot focuses on real social issues, including the rights of fathers, impotence, homosexuality, unemployment, obesity, suicide and working class culture.

The original screenplay was written by Simon Beaufoy, who returned to The Full Monty by adapting the story for the West End production.

If you’ve yet to catch Kenny Doughty and his co-actors doing the full monty at the Noel Coward Theatre, you’ve got until the 29 March to witness what is, by all accounts, a prematurely-concluded West End show. You can buy tickets for the critically acclaimed The Full Monty here