City takes centre stage again for Full Monty play

The Full Monty. Robert Carlyle, Steve Huson, Hugo Speer and Mark Addy.
The Full Monty. Robert Carlyle, Steve Huson, Hugo Speer and Mark Addy.

IT was a story which captured the hearts of millions of film fans across the globe and propelled Sheffield into the international spotlight.

Now, 16 years after the Oscar-winning Full Monty first hit the big screen, the much-loved comedy is poised to make a welcome return home.

A stage version of the smash-hit comedy will premier in Sheffield next year.

Yorkshire-born Simon Beaufoy, the writer who penned the film’s original screenplay while living in the city, has written a stage version which will premiere at the Lyceum next February.

Mr Beaufoy said: “Without Sheffield, there would be no Full Monty. It’s been a long road – via Hollywood – but finally the characters are coming back home to the place it all started. Or to put it another way, we are all genuinely chuffed to bits.”

The news is a huge boost for Sheffield Theatres, and no one is more excited about the play than artistic director Daniel Evans, who pledged to bring the comedy home when he first came into the role three years ago.

Mr Evans said: “I am thrilled we will be staging a brand new production. Since making my home in Sheffield, I have been eager to bring this funny and heartwarming story back to the city and I am sure this theatrical event will make the whole of Yorkshire proud.”

The Full Monty tells the story of six unemployed men in Sheffield, four of whom are former steelworkers, who decide to form a striptease act to raise some much-needed cash. It won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The team behind the play have failed to divulge whether actors will bare all on stage.

The show runs from February 1 to 23 2013.

Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, May 26.