As theatrical photocalls go, it’s one of the more unusual: Six household TV names, stripped and riding the Big One.
Soap star Gary Lucy led the way as the cast of The Full Monty, which opened a new national tour at the Grand Theatre last night, took to the Pleasure Beach’s giant coaster.
The gents also dared to bare on the new £2million Red Arrows Skyforce ride.
Gary is looking forward to celebrating the birth of his third child while in Blackpool.
The former EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Footballers Wives star had popped home from rehearsals and the cast’s appearance at the Lights Switch-On, with his wife Natasha due to give birth on Monday, and ended up helping to deliver the baby girl.
“The cast and production team have been so accommodating and supportive,” he said. “Natasha’s doing good; mum and baby are both healthy and lovely.
“There are so many producers out there ripping the public off with crazy prices for the theatre. Theatre should be for everybody.David Pugh
“It was always going to be a close call, we knew we were expecting when I signed up, but her mum’s there and my mum’s round the corner.”
The film of The Full Monty took the world by storm when it was released in 1997, as the charming tale of six unemployed men, swapping steel for stripping became one of the most successful Brit flicks ever made.
The stage version’s been adapted by the original screenplay writer, Simon Beaufoy, with many of the popular soundtrack numbers still in place, from the likes of Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.
Show producer David Pugh is keen to draw in new visitors to the classic Grand Theatre - offering a special £5 ticket deal for the gallery, with vouchers from their promotional van which will be around the resort for the next week.
“There are so many producers out there ripping the public off with crazy prices for the theatre,” he said. “Theatre should be for everybody.
“With all our ticket prices, we don’t break £30, but we appreciate even that is expensive for some people.
“The gallery is rarely open at the Grand, so we want to fill it - and we promise you’ll have a great view from up there.”
Gary is joined in the cast by Andrew Dunn (Dinnerladies, Coronation Street, Holby City), Louis Emerick (Brookside, Last Of The Summer Wine), Rupert Hill (Doctors, Coronation Street and Family Affairs), Martin Miller (Scott & Bailey and Primeval) and Bobby Schofield (Doctors and Grange Hill) - all of whom have returned to the show for the three-month run, following an initial nine-month tour which started a year ago.
David added: “Blackpool rang as asked us if we could bring The Full Monty here - and the cast all came together again for another three months.”
* The Full Monty, until Saturday, September 19. Call (01253) 290190 to book.