By Mark Shenton
27 Dec 2012
The Full Monty has been a film and a Broadway musical; now it returns to its roots as a stage play of the same name, written by its Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, at Sheffield's Lyceum Theatre from Feb. 2, prior to an 11-week national tour.
At Leicester's Curve, Frances Ruffelle (Tony winner for the original production of Les Miserables, in which she created the role of Eponine) will play the title role in Pam Gems' Piaf (from Feb. 22), and at Bath Theatre Royal, Lenny Henry will star in a revival of August Wilson's Fences (from Feb. 18), prior to a national tour.
Big musicals heading on the U.K. touring road in 2013 are Priscilla Queen of the Desert (kicking off at Manchester's Opera House from Feb. 9), Ghost (starting at Cardiff's Wales Millennium Centre in April) and Wicked (at Manchester's Palace Theatre from Sept. 12). While the tour of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap continues into 2013, another West End comic thriller The 39 Steps sets out on the road, too, starting at Cambridge's Arts Theatre from Jan. 19.
Finally, Barry Humphries will return to the U.K. for his final farwell tour as Dame Edna and other characters in Eat Pray Laugh!, starting at Milton Keynes from Oct. 23.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of everything that is happening across the length and breadth of London and regional theatre in the coming months. Check in with Playbill.com for regular updates and news as it is announced.