*Ad- I was invited along in exchange for a review.
The temperature has well and truly began to soar at Darlington’s Hippodrome with The Full Monty cast in town this week!
I was invited along earlier this week to watch the show and from the beginning, it was clear that this would be a night to remember.
Based on the smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, this production has even won the prestigious U.K. Theatre Award.
With a stellar line up including Gary Lucy, Andrew Dunn, Louis Emmerick, Joe Gill, Kai Owen and James Redmond, the iconic film songs are featured with everyone singing along, to the songs especially ‘Hot Stuff’ and enjoying the infamous queue scene.
A few audience members begin to shout at the start but soon realise there is a story to be told, a story that has you enthralled throughout the night as we follow the story of the 6 out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers, under a Thatcher government. A story, quite relevant for the North East with its recent job losses in Teeside and the current Brexit uncertainty. A heartwarming story reminding us all of the hardships and changes life can bring and the many ripple effects it has on a community, friendship and family.
The play touches on so many topics, including mental health, but the hard-hitting storyline mixed in with the blunt humour from the cast make for a thoroughly enjoyable yet also thought-provoking evening. Such a well-balanced mix with plenty of laugh out loud moments and of course the finale is just fantastic, the cast has the crowd go wild as they bravely bare all and a very well deserved standing ovation at the end.
I can’t even single out a cast member for their performance as they were all amazing and brought their own charm to the show.
It’s not a surprise that one of the most successful British movies of all times play production is filling up theatres. As it is the final tour of this stage production, I would whilst you still have the chance, drop everything to see the performance by this brilliant cast.
The Full Monty runs at Darlington Hippodrome from Monday 12 to Saturday 17 November.
For more information or to book call 01325 405405 or visit www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk