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Review of The Full Monty - Darlington Civic theatre

I HAVE to admit I must be one of the few people who have never seen the film of The Full Monty, so attending this production with my companion who had been so excited for weeks, was bound to be an interesting experience, and one I am definitely glad I had.

The first half may have been delayed slightly with technical problems, but this did not detract from an outstanding evening’s entertainment. The first thing to strike you is the complexity of the set, straight out of a west end musical rather than a play. The set changed easily between scenes with appropriate music from the film.  Gary Lucy plays Gaz, and once you get past the slightly dodgy accent he is superb in the role and has an excellent rapport with his son Nathan, played by Ewan Phillips, who does steal many of the scenes. Rupert Hill as Guy and Bobby Schofield as Lomper are excellent throughout and you can see the way their characters are going from an early stage though the slight looks they give each other. Andrew Dunn, as in every show I have seen him in is a delight to watch. There are incredibly difficult themes under the humour and fun of the show including suicide and depression, but the show will certainly leave you feeling good, though perhaps the women in the audience enjoyed it a little more than the men. I know my companion certainly wasn’t expecting The Full Monty at the end, but she loved every minute.


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