The Full Monty – The Play by Simon Beaufoy

The Full Monty cast

It must be real fun being a child actor and especially in a fabulous show like The Full Monty.

Sheffield actor Cass Dempsey was given a deserving and roaring standing ovation for his role as Nathan at the opening night of the show which runs until Saturday 24th February 2024.

In the programme notes, Cass had said how excited he was about being in the show and was described as a “live wire of a kid”.

No arguing there, with a beam as wide as the River Clyde, Cass loved every minute on stage as he gave the adult actors a run for their money.

The story is well known, a Northern town in the 1990s, hit by redundancies when the steel works close down.

Six unemployed men, with no real prospects, decide to form a male striptease act after being inspired by the American Chippendale dancers.

The idea is to make some cash and so the main character Gaz gets to see his son Nathan.

Glasgow’s performance had familiar actors in it, with former soap stars Bill Ward (Gerald) and Ben Onwukwe (Horse) leading a cast determined to have some fun.

The Full Monty performance

The first half was a bit slow story wise but brightened up as Gaz (Danny Hatchard) and Nathan hatched their plan for a one night only striptease.

Backed up with solid performances from Oliver Joseph Brooks as Guy, Nicholas Prasad (Lomper) and audience favourite Neil Hurst (Dave), the award winning play by Simon Beaufoy, soon had the theatre rocking.

There were strict instructions not to film the show for privacy reasons and the guys did not hold back when it came to stripping off!

With a simple, but effective set by Jasmine Swan and sounds by Chris Whybrow, the show produced by director Michael Gyngell, did what it was designed to, had the audience laughing, singing, dancing and ensuring everyone had a fun night out.

Ensemble roles played by Danny Mellor, Katy Dean (Dave’s wife Jean), Laura Matthews (Nathan’s long suffering mum), Adam Porter Smith, Suzanne Procter, Alice Schofield and Leyon Stolz-Hunter, helped the musical go with a bang and it was lovely to see the cast enjoying the adoration of the Scottish audience after the show at the stage door.

Matinee performances of The Full Monty run tomorrow (Thursday) and on Saturday at 2:30pm at Theatre Royal, Glasgow, with nightly shows until Saturday 24th February at 7:30pm. For ticket availability please visit:

Author Bio:

Rebecca Hay is an experienced travel writer and member of The British Guild of Travel Writers. Follow her adventures with her family on Twitter and Instagram @emojiadventurer and on Facebook via EmojiAdventurers2.

Photographs by Ellie Kurttz

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