Laughter and music in show that grins and bares it

Lytham Operatic Society's cast of The Full Monty
Lytham Operatic Society's cast of The Full Monty
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The Full Monty Musical

Lowther Pavilion

The celebrated 1997 British film, which told the story of unemployed and desperate steelworkers who take to stripping to earn some much needed cash, has been turned into an Americanised musical written by Terrence McNally.

The production was ably directed by Sarah Stone, who used the well-lit stage effectively throughout.

There was a lack of pace in the first half, however the second act quickly picked up and the show seemed at its strongest during ensemble numbers choreographed by Vicki Gallagher.

The principal cast is spirited with Phil Swift at the forefront, commanding the stage as Jerry. Bernard Kennedy gives a strong performance alongside him.

Jay Gaskell and Steve Deveney both provide great support and approach a particularly moving moment in act two with much consideration. Des Grant and Andy Lane are excellent in their roles and a special mention must also be given to Harrison Bury playing Jerry’s son Nathan.

There were a couple of undecided accents and rushed lines but the opening night audience appreciated both the humour and the marvellous musical numbers.

They were thoroughly entertained. The show runs until tomorrow.

Danielle Wrench