We’ve a cheeky little treat heading our way this week, just before Christmas and there’s not a bum member of the cast in THE FULL MONTY – although there’s a fair chance we may get a flash of the odd rear.

First thing to say is – can you believe the movie is over 25 years old now? No we can’t either.

This new production of the hit play is based on that very 1997 film, with both written by Simon Beaufoy. It’ll be getting to the New Theatre in Cardiff from tonight, 27th November.

It may be getting on a bit now (aren’t we all) but this fast and funny play is still very much of our time, as again we are hit by a cost of living crisis. Gaz and his mates are down on their luck and feel they have been thrown on the scrap heap, but they are determined to fight back and bare a little more than they ever thought they would have to.

The Fully Month – Jake Quickenden, Ben Onwukwe, Neil Hurst, Danny Hatchard, Bill Ward and Nicholas Prasad (Photo: Ellie Kurttz)

Everyman Theatre Cheltenham & Buxton Opera House in association with Mark Goucher and David Pugh have just announced the cast which includes DANNY HATCHARD as Gaz, JAKE QUICKENDEN as Guy, BILL WARD as Gerald, NEIL HURST as Dave, BEN ONWUKWE as Horse and NICHOLAS PRASAD as Lomper.

We told you there’s a lot of familiar faces in the show…..

Danny is probably best known for his role as Lee Carter in BBC One’s EastEnders, and Gary in BBC One’s Not Going Out. You may have seen Jake recently in the touring production of Footloose. Of course he’s been a regular on the telly too with everything from The X Factor, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, Dancing On Ice, and he also appeared in The Real Full Monty: On Ice.

Bill Ward you may remember was Charlie Stubbs in ITV’s Coronation Street and James Barton in ITV’s Emmerdale. His other television credits include ITV’s The Hunt for Raoul Moat, Vera, Midsomer Murders, Heartbeat and Footballers’ Wives.

Neil is another TV regular having appeared in Channel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small, ITV’s Coronation Street and BBC’s Home from Home, Casualty, Doctors, The Syndicate and Moving On.

Ben has been in some mighty fine stage productions recently including the UK tours of The Shawshank Redemption and Black Men Walking, The 47th at the Old Vic, New Nigerians at the Arcola Theatre, The Treatment at the Almeida Theatre and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh.

Nicholas too has been in productions such as Around the World in 80 Days, The Comedy of Errors with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Treasure Island at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Baghdad Wedding at the Soho Theatre.

THE FULL MONTY marks the first co-production and partnership between the Everyman Theatre Cheltenham and Buxton Opera House, which recently became an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation.

The production is directed by Michael Gyngell, choreography and intimacy co-ordination is by Ian West, Set and Costume design is by Jasmine Swann with Lighting design by Andrew Exeter and Sound design by Chris Whybrow. The Casting Director is Marc Frankum.

As in the 1997 smash hit film, this brand new production is a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, laughs and heartbreak. 

THE FULL MONTY gets to the New Theatre in Cardiff this week, through to Saturday 2nd December. Performances are at 7:30pm each evening with a 2:30pm matinee on Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets start at £24, for more information, or to get yours go HERE.