10-15 November 2014
Reviewed by Rachael Osborne
“The lunchbox has landed” and indeed it did!! I was seriously excited about going to see this show, as I loved the movie and was very keen to see how it compared. The stage show is written by Simon Beaufoy, the author of the screen play, and deals with the same issued addressed by the film.
We went to the Derngate in Northampton. There was a lot of traffic but ample parking in the area. We discovered once we got to the theatre the reason for the volume of traffic as it seemed to be a full house. The theatre had a wonderful atmosphere and the excitement in the air was evident. The theatre was clean and well lit, and all members of staff were really helpful and polite. There was a slight delay to the start of the show due to technical difficulties but we were regularly kept informed at all times and the general feeling amongst the audience was one of excitement.
The play, The Full Monty, is about a group of men who are made redundant after the steelworks closes and how they deal with it. The play touches on lots of serious themes such as unemployment, poverty, depression, and body image. The set design was perfect and each scene flowed seamlessly into the next! I loved the fact that the actors themselves moved the props and furniture around the stage as they were chatting with each other. It gave a feeling of the set suddenly changing, we were almost unaware of it. The lighting ensured that our attention was directed to the right areas. The actors were all perfectly cast. One of the actors that stands out is Fraser Kelly who plays Nathan, Gaz’s son. His performance despite his young age was perfect! How he stayed in role with the raucous noise coming from the audience I don’t know! Gary Lucy was superb as Gaz a real ladies man with a ‘cheeky’ streak! Bobby Schofield was brilliant as Lomper, as was Rupert Hill as Guy.
The play was captivating throughout. One scene that sticks in my mind is the attempted suicide, the auditorium was so quiet you could hear a pin drop! The whole play had the audience involved from the outset. And the final scene, what can I say, The Full Monty!!!
A super show and one that I would highly recommend!! Get your tickets now!!!
Tickets cost from £10 to £30 (plus £2.80 transaction fee).
The Full Monty is at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton until 15 November 2014. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 01604 624811.
Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP | 01604 624811