Star of Eastenders, The Bill, Footballer’s Wives and a former winner of ITV’s Dancing on Ice, Gary Lucy will lead the cast of the smash-hit show The Full Monty when it comes to Grimsby Auditorium next week.
In 1997, a British film about six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose, took the world by storm becoming one of the most successful British films ever made.
Now, the boys are back, only this time, they really have to go The Full Monty, live on stage.
“Every job I’ve had has seemed to involve some sort of nudity,” joked Gary, who plays Gaz in the show, which is his first venture into theatre.
“I had never consciously decided not to do theatre but I’ve been incredibly lucky in my career to have played so many memorable characters in some great TV series,” he continued.
“When the producers of The Full Monty approached me about starring in the tour, I just thought that it was a great opportunity for my first stage experience.
“It’s a really strong script, all the characters have stories to tell, and it’s a really great cast too, we all get on well.
“It’s all guys together and we’re just having a laugh.”
Gary is joined by Andrew Dunn as Gerald, Louis Emerick as Horse, Martin Miller as Dave, Bobby Schofield as Lomper and Rupert Hill as Guy.
Andrew Dunn is best known for playing Tony in Victoria Wood’s sitcom Dinnerladies as well for his regular appearances playing Alistair Campbell on Bremner, Bird and Fortune.
His extensive stage credits include the original productions of John Godber’s Bouncers and Up n’ Under.
Louis Emerick became a household face and name after playing Mick Johnson in Brookside and PC Walsh in Last of the Summer Wine, a role he has played, on and off, for over 20 years.
Martin Miller’s recent credits include playing Hitchcock in the New York production of The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock.
Rupert Hill is best known for playing Jamie Baldwin in Coronation Street while The Full Monty marks the stage debut of Bobby Schofield.
The production also features the iconic songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.
Like Gary Lucy, for Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning writer of the film, this is also his first venture into the world of theatre.
And he admitted that getting to grips with the differences between film and theatre was terrifying to begin with, but he was determined not just to do a carbon copy of the film on stage.
“I felt really strongly that audiences would want to come and see a really good play so that’s how I approached it,” he recalled.
“It was a steep learning curve for me and enormously invigorating to learn a whole new craft after nearly 16 years writing for the cinema. I had to discover what works and what doesn’t.
“Ironically, it’s turned out that the story feels perfect on stage.
“It’s an ensemble piece about a group of men who are stuck and wondering what to do next.”
The show is on at Grimsby from Monday, November 30 to Saturday, December 5 at 7.30pm each night, plus matinees at 2.30pm on Wednesday and Saturday.
Tickets are £12-50-£24.50 (Monday evening and Wednesday matinee), £14-50-£27.50 (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday matinee) and £16.60-£29.50 (Friday and Saturday evenings)
Tickets are available on 0300 300 0035 or www.grimsbyauditorium.org.uk