The Full Monty: Put your shirt on young stars for Sheffield stage role - VIDEO

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MOVE over Sean Bean and Dominic West - budding young actors in Sheffield are hoping for their own big break in a new stage adaptation of The Full Monty, writes Graham Walker.

Auditions have been taking place for four boys to take on the role of Nathan in the production, which will open with a world premiere at Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre on Saturday, February 2.

Impressed: Judging panel Sarah Bird and  and Jack Ryder. Photo: Chris Lawton.

Impressed: Judging panel Sarah Bird and and Jack Ryder. Photo: Chris Lawton.

Boys who passed an initial test during group acting workshops at the Lyceum last month were put through their paces in a second audition at the city’s Crucible Theatre at the weekend.

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They worked on the text of the play with director Daniel Evans, associate director Jack Ryder and assistant director Jon Pashley and casting director Sarah Bird.

Evans, eager to bring the Sheffield-based story back to the city since his appointment as Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director, said: “This is an amazing opportunity for those young actors wanting professional stage experience.

“There are some extraordinary young performers in Yorkshire and the surrounding counties and I’m thrilled to offer this opportunity.”

The film version has been adapted for the stage by Keighley-born Full Monty writer Simon Beaufoy, who went on to win an Oscar in 2009 for Best Adapted Screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire.

It’s the story of six Sheffield steelworkers with nothing left to lose and will feature songs from the film, by Donna Summer, Rod Stewart, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

n The show will run at The Lyceum until February 23 and then tour. Tickets are £9 to £30, subject to a booking fee, from the box office, by calling 0114 249 6000 or online at www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk