Something to ‘bare’ in mind...
The Full Monty’s on its way!

The original West End cast of The Full Monty, which heads to Blackpool later this year
The original West End cast of The Full Monty, which heads to Blackpool later this year
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They had nothing to lose, but their clothes... The story of the stripping steelworkers captured hearts when The Full Monty film was released in 1997.

Now, almost 20 years on, the stage show version of the hit movie is coming to Blackpool, opening its new autumn tour in the resort.

Running at the Grand Theatre for 10 nights from Thursday, September 10 to Saturday, September 19, The Full Monty has been wowing crowds up and down the country, with nightly standing ovations.

Tickets go on sale this morning at 10am, costing from just £10 - with £3 off for concessions too.

The current tour, which runs until May, features stars of stage and screen including Gary Lucy (EastEnders, The Bill, Footballers Wives), Andrew Dunn (Dinnerladies), Louis Emerick (Brookside) and Rupert Hill (Coronation Street) - who all dare to bare in the brazen and heart-warming finale.

The autumn tour cast has yet to be announced.

Based on the Bafta Award-winning movie, writer Simon Beaufoy has revisited the heart-felt tale for this stage adaptation - his first work for theatre. Screen credits include The Full Monty, 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

A spokesman for the Grand said: “We are really pleased to announce that The Full Monty autumn tour will open at the Grand Theatre and will play for 10 nights.

“Why not bring your friends for the ultimate feel-good night out.”

The story tells how six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers turn to stripping, with the film becoming one of the most successful British films ever made.

So far, despite its London run last year being cut short - contrary to the positive reviews it received, the show has won praise on the road and won the UK Theatre Award for best touring production.

Fans of the film’s catchy soundtrack will not be disappointed, with much of the music also featuring, including Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff, Hot Chocolate’s You Sexy Thing and Tom Jones’s You Can Leave Your Hat On - but will the guys heed the Welsh crooner’s advice.

The creative team includes director Roger Haines (national tour Calendar Girls), designer Robert Jones (Calendar Girls, Hamlet for the RSC) and choreographer Ian West.

* The Full Monty, Grand Theatre, Church Street, Blackpool, Thursday, September 10 to Saturday, September 19. Tickets from £10, concessions save £3, from (01253) 290190.