Full Monty fills city theatre

THE FULL MONTY, THE LYCEUM

The Lyceum was transformed into a working men’s club as six men on the scrap heap in the Steel City became strippers for a night to earn some cash.

With an audience made up of mainly women, the screams and applause were deafening as the unlikely group of Sheffielders put on a strip show in a bid to escape the dole queue.

Based on the hit film, The Full Monty, iconic scenes were transferred from the big screen to the stage with much-loved one liners and the soundtrack making the jump seamless.

The would-be strippers dancing to ‘Hot Stuff’ as they queued up to sign on was one such moment, with the audience laughing before the scene even started.

Gary Lucy, playing irresponsible, jobless dad Gaz - the brainchild behind the stripping troupe - took the lead role and was a firm favourite with the women but Louis Emerick, playing Horse and Andrew Dunn, playing Gerald, were outstanding in bringing the characters from the film to life on the stage.

Their accents and mannerisms were captured to perfection and the scene where arthritic Horse auditions for the strip show had the audience in hysterics.

Sheffielder James Burton, playing Nathan, showed a blend of innocence yet street-wise grit.

A feel-good show, with plenty of laughs (and naked bottoms) along the way, it also explores some serious issues, including sexuality and body image.

But at its heart is the Sheffield drive to do what needs to be done to survive (with or without clothes).

Claire Lewis