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Issue 21

Hold onto your hats! The Full Monty is back by popular demand at Sunderland Empire for one week only (20 – 25 March 2017). Directed by Jack Ryder, The Full Monty tour is led by Gary Lucy as Gaz, Andrew Dunn as Gerald, Louis Emerick as Horse, Chris Fountain as Guy, Anthony Lewis as Lomper and Kai Owen as Dave.

In 1997, a British film about six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose took the world by storm. Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar and BAFTA-winning writer of the film, has adapted his own hilarious and heartfelt stage production, which features the iconic songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

Gary Lucy is best known for his roles as Danny Pennant in EastEnders and was a past winner of Dancing on Ice. Andrew Dunn is best known as Tony in Dinnerladies whilst Louis Emerick played Mick Johnson in the long-running soap Brookside. Chris Fountain played Tommy Duckworth in Coronation Street, Anthony Lewis is best known as regular Marc Reynolds in Emmerdale and Kai Owen portrayed Rhys in Torchwood.

The Full Monty won the UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production. The 2016/17 UK Tour began in Bournemouth on 21 September 2016 and finishes at the Sheffield Lyceum on 15 April 2017.

Jack Ryder’s other credits include national tours of Tm Firth’s play Calendar Girls and the short film Act of Memory with Claire Skinner, Owen Teale and Anna Massey. As an actor, Jack is probably best known as Jamie Mitchell in EastEnders, a role he played for four years.

The Full Monty is Simon Beaufoy’s first work for the theatre. His other screen credits include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Salmon Fishing in Yemen, 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire.

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