Search is on for local lad for Sheffield-based Full Monty play

The Full Monty. William Snape and Robert Carlyle.
The Full Monty. William Snape and Robert Carlyle.

HE was the cheeky young Sheffield chap who captured the hearts of film fans across the world helping his ne’er-do-well dad in The Full Monty.

Now the search is on to find more lucky lads to play the part of Nathan in the stage version of the Oscar-winning film.

Sheffield Theatres has launched a hunt for four boys to star in the world premiere of the new play version of The Full Monty, which opens at the Lyceum Theatre in February next year.

The part in the cinema version was played by Sheffield-born William Snape, a former pupil of Dobcroft Junior School in Millhouses.

Open auditions are being held for the dream role, which gives Sheffield schoolboys the chance to be plucked from obscurity and enjoy time in the spotlight as part of a professional production.

The film, which tells the story of six steelworkers who put on a striptease show, is being adapted for the stage by Simon Beaufoy, who wrote the original screenplay. So far, those behind the scenes have remained tight-lipped over who will star in the production.

Daniel Evans, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, played a key part in bringing the surprise Hollywood hit home to South Yorkshire.

He said: “This is an amazing opportunity for young actors wanting professional stage experience to work in one of the country’s most exciting theatre complexes, and travel with the production across the UK as part of a nationwide tour.

“We know from previous experience there are some extraordinary young performers and I’m thrilled we are able to offer this opportunity.”

Young wannabes will be welcome to showcase their acting skills in front of a panel of experts including associate director Jack Ryder, casting director Sarah Bird and chief chaperone Carolann Copley-Tucci.

Open auditions will take place at the Lyceum on Saturday, September 29, and Saturday, October 6. The first will take place between 9.30am and 5.45pm in the rehearsal room at the Lyceum, where auditionees will take part in group acting workshops led by theatre practitioner Sarah Clough and assistant director Jon Pashley.

Any boys who wish to audition for the part of Nathan must be aged 11 to 14, with a playing age of 11 to 12. Candidates will ideally live within an hour’s drive of Sheffield and must be available throughout the entire rehearsal and production period in the city from December 17 to February 23. They must also be able to take part in the subsequent national tour from February 25 to May 4.

Visit sheffieldtheatres.co.uk for a registration form.