Musical Theatre Stafford bares all in its first show of the season

The Musical Theatre Stafford has a risqué production to open their season this summer – here’s everything you need to know

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The Full Monty will open the Musical Theatre Stafford’s run at the Gatehouse this summer

Musical Theatre Stafford will open its run at the Gatehouse Theatre this summer with the cult favourite film-turned-Broadway-musical, The Full Monty.

Based on the smash hit film, and a ten-time Tony Award nominee Broadway show, The Full Monty is a story filled with honest affection and engaging melodies. It also has one of the most highly anticipated closing numbers of any show.

Baring all 

For those unaware of the story, here’s a little synopsis.

While spying on their wives on a ‘Girls’ Night Out’, a group of unemployed Buffalo steelworkers see how much they enjoy watching the male strippers perform. Jealous, out of work, and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. Only they’ll go one better and do The Full Monty.

As they prepare for the show, they find themselves extremely exposed both physically and emotionally. But they manage to conquer their fears, self-consciousness and prejudices to discover they’re stronger as a group. And the strength that they find in each other gives them the individual courage to do the unthinkable.

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“We are having so much fun with The Full Monty,” says Dan Tillsley, who plays Jerry. “It’s a show full of heart and real life dilemmas and conflicts, just set in this comedy rich context. The music is fantastic and
Craig Armstrong, our director/choreographer, is putting his usual flare to the dance numbers. We are having a ball!”

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The cast of Musical Theatre Stafford’s The Full Monty

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Formerly Stafford Operatic Society, Musical Theatre Stafford is a local theatre society with over 160 members between the ages of 8 and 80. It has been established since 1922.

This year the group will perform three shows at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre including The Full Monty, Godspell in July and Oliver in October, which will be a collaboration between the adult and youth sections.

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The Full Monty plays at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre from April 30 to May 4. Tickets start at £14.50 and be purchased direct from the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Box Office on 01785 619080 or online at www.musicaltheatrestafford.org.uk/fm. 

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