New play The Full Monty takes off

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Shows in London are pleased to announce a forthcoming new play from the writer Simon Beaufoy. The Full Monty is Simon’s own adaptation of his own screenplay from the hit film The Full Monty.

Not to be confused with the ill-fated musical The Full Monty, this is an entirely new drama based on the original film and includes music and songs from the 1997 BAFTA award-winning film The Full Monty. It tells the story of six unemployed men with nothing to lose, and took the world by storm; becoming one of the most successful British films of all time grossing over $256 million worldwide.

The Full Monty is a comedy-drama and starred Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Paul Barber, Steve Huison, William Snape, Hugo Speer and Tom Wilkinson. The story is based around the six out-of-work steelworkers, who decide to form a male striptease act in order to raise funds for the main character, Gaz, to be able to see his son. Gaz declares that their show will be better than the Chippendales because they will go ‘the full monty’ — strip all the way.

Despite being a comedy, the story also has some truly poignant moments – probably the reason behind its phenomenal success, appealing to both women and men, across all ages. The Full Monty was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Music Score, winning the latter.

The show is being brought to London by hugely successful producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, together with an exciting creative team that they have assembled, including multi Olivier award-winning director, Daniel Evans, set and costume designer Robert Jones, lighting designer Tim Lutkin and multi award-winning choreographer, Steven Hoggett.

After an initial tour to Sheffield, the play will embark on a limited run in London’s West End. If the success of the team’s previous productions is anything to go by, this new play will be a fantastic hit and promises to be a hot ticket. Previous David Pugh shows in London include the long-running comedy play, Art at the Criterion and Wyndhams theatre, the most successful play in London for the last 25 years. David and Dafydd produced Equus in London’s West End starring Richard Griffiths and Daniel Radcliffe at the Gielgud theatre.

Their play God of Carnage, starring Ralph Fiennes, Tamsin Greig, Janet McTeer and Ken Stott at the Gielgud theatre won the Olivier award for Best Comedy. God of Carnage successful transferred to Broadway with James Gandolfini, Marcia gay harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis, where it ran for over a year and won a much coveted Tony award.

More recently David and Dafydd produced Calendar Girls in London’s West End before embarking on a nationwide tour, now in its fifth year, it has become the most successful touring production of a play ever!

So we are all excited with anticipation waiting for The Full Monty to arrive in the West End.