CLEARLY no 'flash in the pan' The Full Monty is one of the most acclaimed British films and the stage play has become one of the most phenomenal theatrical productions ever.

This brilliant production about six out-of-work, impoverished steelworkers from Sheffield with nothing to lose took the world by storm and has become one of Britain’s most successful shows.

David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers’s presentation of the Sheffield Theatres production of Simon Beaufoy’s, The Full Monty, which won the UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production, is touring the UK and Ireland for the final ever time and comes to Southampton's Mayflower Theatre from Monday February 11-Saturday February 16.

Based on his smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, this hilarious and heartfelt production has received standing ovations every night and features the iconic songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

The cast is led by Gary Lucy (Hollyoaks, EastEnders, The Bill, Footballer’s Wives) as Gaz, along with Andrew Dunn (best known as Tony in Dinnerladies and for his regular appearances playing Alastair Campbell on Bremner, Bird and Fortune) as Gerald, Louis Emerick (Benidorm, Brookside, Last of the Summer Wine and soon to be seen as Mike in Coronation Street) as Horse, Joe Gill (Emmerdale) as Lomper, Kai Owen (Torchwood and Hollyoaks) as Dave and James Redmond ( Hollyoaks and Casualty).

It may be the last ever tour of this particular production, but it is the story that keeps on giving. The Full Monty has won both awards and hearts. In fact, such is the show’s popularity that as fast as one tour gets underway the producers are compelled to map out the next. Few shows can sustain that level of repetition. But then The Full Monty isn’t an ordinary show.

“It is special,” insists Gary Lucy (famous for playing Luke Morgan in Hollyoaks as well as for roles in EastEnders, The Bill, Footballers’ Wives and as a Dancing on Ice winner) who plays Gaz. Having starred in almost every ‘Monty’ tour to date, he knows just how readily people fall for this funny, poignant and bitter-sweet story.

“People really love it. From proper theatregoers in Cambridge to Blackpool hen parties, everyone has an absolute ball. It is a gift of a role for me.”

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