The Full Monty to Return to Yorkshire Roots for Brand-New Stage Production in Sheffield in 2013

News   The Full Monty to Return to Yorkshire Roots for Brand-New Stage Production in Sheffield in 2013
 
The 1997 British feature film The Full Monty, revolving around six unemployed steel workers from Yorkshire who form themselves into a male striptease act, has already spawned one stage version, when it became a Tony-nominated Broadway musical in 2000, scored by David Yazbek and featuring a book by Terrence McNally. Now it is being adapted for the stage again in a new version written by Simon Beaufoy, who also wrote the film screenplay.

According to a story in the UK's Daily Mail, it will premiere at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield, which is located in Yorkshire where the action of the film itself is set. The musical, by contrast, re-located it to Buffalo, NY.

Daniel Evans, the artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, commented to the Mail, "Buffalo is all well and good, but it's not Sheffield." Beaufoy, who won a BAFTA for his screenplay (and has also won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire,, also tells the paper about the Broadway incarnation of his story: "I was always a bit sad they didn’t retain its Sheffield roots because it's as much about Sheffield as it was about the people, so for me it's brilliant it's going to start its run in Sheffield."

Beaufoy has relocated the action for the play from the film's 1986-87 to 1990, and comments, "The whole feeling of disenfranchisement and lack of dignity if you don't have a job is very current."

Sheffield is co-producing the production with London producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers. Pugh is reported as saying that some songs from the film, such as Hot Chocolate's "You Sexy Thing" and Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff," and possibly Tom Jones performing "You Can Leave Your Hat On," are likely to be used in the new show, although other numbers by Right Said Fred and Marc Almond may be added.

A director is still to be appointed, though the designer has been named as Robert Jones, currently represented in the West End by The Wizard of Oz.

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