The full cast is announced for Sheffield Theatres' production of Simon Beaufoy's The Full Monty directed by the company's Artistic Director Daniel Evans. Leading the company are Kenny Doughty, Craig Gazey, Simon Rouse, Keiran O'Brien,Roger Morlidge and Sidney Cole.
Also announced today is an 11-venue national tour, following the run in Sheffield.
In 1997, a British film about six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers who had nothing to lose, took the world by storm taking $256 million worldwide and becoming one of the most successful British films ever made. And now the boys are back, live on stage, only this time, for them, it really has to be….THE FULL MONTY.
Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar winning writer of the film, has gone back to Sheffield where it all started to rediscover the men, the women, the heartache and the hilarity of a city on the dole.
THE FULL MONTY opens at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield on Monday 18 February (previews from Saturday 2 February). The production will then tour to Birmingham, Bristol, Canterbury, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Salford, Southampton, Southend and Leeds.
KENNY DOUGHTY (Sean in Sky TV's Stella) is Gaz; Craig Gazey (winner of the national TV Award for Graeme Proctor inCoronation Street) is Lumper; Simon Rouse (DCI Jack Meadows in The Bill, a role he played for almost 20 years) is Gerald;KEIRAN O'BRIEN (Matt in Michael Winterbottom's infamous film Nine Songs) is Guy; ROGER MORLIDGE (The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love) is Dave and SIDNEY COLE (Macduff in Macbeth directed by Max Stafford-Clark, Absolutely Fabulous) is Horse.
Completing the company are Scott Anson, Tracy Brabin, Caroline Carver, Eamonn Fleming, Elaine Glover, Rachel Lumberg, and Ian Mercer.
The production will also feature the iconic songs from the film by Donna Summer, Rod Stewart, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.
This will be Simon Beaufoy's first work for the theatre. His screen credits include winning the BAFTA for The Full Monty, 127 Hours, Salmon Fishing in Yemen and winning the Oscar for writing Slumdog Millionaire.
THE FULL MONTY is directed by Sheffield Theatres' Artistic Director Daniel Evans. Since taking up the post, it has been one of his ambitions to bring The Full Monty back home to Sheffield. His recent work for the company includes Macbeth, Company, The Pride, Othello and An Enemy of the People. He directs Dominic West and Carly Bawden in My Fair Lady this Christmas at the Crucible.