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Gary Lucy leads cast in hit musical The Full Monty

PUBLISHED: 09:25 10 May 2016

The Full Monty cast. Picture by: Matt Crockett.

The Full Monty cast. Picture by: Matt Crockett.

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The show will be performed in Dartford early next year.

Simon Beaufoy’s The Full Monty will be performed in Dartford during its UK tour.

The show - which won the UK Theatre Award for best touring production - will be making its way to the Orchard Theatre early next year.

The production is based on the hit film of the same name, which was released in 1997.

It tells the story of Gaz - who loses his job at a steel factory and discovers that his wife wants to sue him for missed child support payments.

In a bid to earn some extra money, Gaz and his friend Dave decide to form a male strip-tease act.

They recruit four other men to join them and set about planning a show.

Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar and BAFTA award-winning writer of the film, has adapted his own screenplay for the stage production, which features iconic songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.

The play is Mr Beaufoy’s first work for the theatre.

As well as The Full Monty his screen credits include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Salmon Fishing in Yemen, 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire.

The stage show will be directed by Jack Ryder - who previously played the role of Jamie Mitchell in BBC soap EastEnders.

His directing credits include national tours of Calendar Girls and short film Act of Memory with Claire Skinner, Owen Teale and Anna Massey.

The film was officially selected for nine international festivals around the world - including the Cannes Film Festival.

The cast will be led by Gary Lucy, who is taking on the role of Gaz.

Mr Lucy is well-known for his roles as Danny Pennant in BBC soap EastEnders, Kyle Pascoe in ITV’s Footballer’s Wives and Luke Morgan in Channel 4 show Hollyoaks.

He has also taken part in ITV talent show Dancing on Ice.

He will be joined on stage by Kai Owen as Dave, Joe Absolom as Lomper, Andrew Dunn as Gerald, Louis Emerick as Horse and Chris Fountain as Guy.

The Full Monty will be running from February 13 to 18, with performances taking place at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets to the show range from £18 to £37.50.

For further information or to book tickets to one of the performances you can visit www.orchardtheatre.co.uk. or call the ticket office on 01322 220000.

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