Simon Beaufoy's stage adaptation of the hit film takes you on an emotional rollercoaster as you experience the highs and lows of six redundant steel workers during Margret Thatchers time in power. Set in Sheffield where the community is plagued by recession we follow the guys as they battle personal and financial troubles. Inspired by the Chippendales the guys decide to form a dance/strip routine that can earn them a quick buck, just like the film all kinds of hysterics follow as they put together a strip routine for 'Bums of Steel'.
Gary Lucy leads the cast as the hopeless Gaz who struggles between fatherhood and unemployment. Lucy is as loveable as the character originally played by Robert Carlyle and the banter between him and Kai Owen (Dave) is comedy gold.
Chris Fountain brings the buff and a whole lot more to the show playing Guy, you remember the line in the film 'the lunchbox has landed'? Well he landed! Again great comedy moments between him and Anthony Lewis (Lomper). Lewis steals the show time and time again playing the innocent and naive Lomper.
Great performances too from Andrew Dunn and Louis Emerick and huge credit to the young lad who played Nathan.
Throughout the show you'll hear all the songs that you loved in the hit film but it's the finale that will have you on your feet shouting for more. When you hear the trumpets blast as the Tom Jones classic 'You can leave your hat on' begins the atmosphere in the whole theatre is transformed, your no longer sat in a respectable theatre in Cardiff Bay, your now in a rowdy working men's club in Sheffield. Slowly they remove their clothes and there's just one thing on everyone's mind, will they go the Full Monty!
The Full Monty is far funnier than I remember the film and that's down to the genius writing of Simon Beaufoy but it's this wonderful cast that bring the story to life and their onstage chemistry is fantastic.
The Full Monty is at The Wales Millennium Centre until November 26th. Get yourself a ticket and escape the winter blues cause these guys will leave you feeling hot hot hot.