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Tuesday 18 May 2004
The Full Monty @ The Hippodrome
Written by Bridget Vaughan, site user
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Birmingham Hippodrome
Tuesday 18 – Saturday 29 May 2004.

Bridget Vaughan reviews the show.

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Visit the website for information and to book online. Tickets cost £10-£32.50. Performance times: 7.30pm with matinees on Saturday 2.30pm and Wednesday 2pm.

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Two working titles for The Full Monty were: Eggs, Beans and Chippendales (arf arf!) and No Man's Land. Other title suggestions were Six Ugly Pigs (hmm) and Fish and Chippendales.

A Sheffield businessman made a successful compensation claim against 20th Century Fox. His business phone number was visible in a scene in the film and crank callers made his life a nightmare!

The '98 Oscars were dominated by the film The Titanic but The Full Monty earned an Oscar for Best Original Music.

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With an audience of mainly females and a token gesture of males, dragged along by their partners, the Full Monty was quite slow to start and as I hadn't read much about this particular production, I was shocked to find it was set in Buffalo, New York, rather than in Sheffield.

The original soundtrack was replaced with music written specifically for the stage version and although it worked, Hot Chocolate's 'You Sexy Thing' was definitely missed.

After my initial reaction, I settled down to what turned out to be a very entertaining evening.

The lead part of Jerry Lukowski, played by Australian actor Tim Rogers, was excellently cast. He performed the role of an unfit, unemployed steel worker, who - needing cash to pay his child support and to regain his dignity - saw an opportunity to raise money. His idea? To produce a male strip show "for one night only", similar to, but, in his words, "better than the Chippendales".

The Full Monty poster
Poster for The Full Monty

The storyline kept (apart from location) to the original and was sad, funny, thrilling and exciting.

The sets were simple, but effective and the cast worked well together and the audience warmed to them and I think, enjoyed every minute.

All in all, it was a night to remember. There was a tasteful, "Full Monty" but if you blinked, you will have missed it.


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From a BBC Birmingham competition winner:
quote Went to the Full Monty last night. It was brilliant! The show was superbly staged, the cast were wonderful and were clearly enjoying themselves and it appeared to be a full house. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Thank you, once again. quote
David Truscott

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