Lichfield Operatic Society bring The Full Monty to the Garrick stage

Lichfield Operatic Society are bringing hit movie The Full Monty to the stage.

The British comedy musical about six unemployed Sheffield men who set out to outdo the Chippendales has stood the test of time.

The 1997 film and subsequent West End and Broadway musicals earned The Full Monty a reputation for great comedy coupled with the serious topics of unemployment and depression.

Phil Bourne, Ben Green, Patrick Jervis, Dave Hill, Fidel Lloyd and Mark Johnson

Phil Bourne, Ben Green, Patrick Jervis, Dave Hill, Fidel Lloyd and Mark Johnson

Lichfield Operatic Society’s production follows the six steelworkers down on their luck, facing their fears, self-consciousness and anxieties and finding that the camaraderie of their mates gets them past all those inner demons.

Baring all for their art will be long-time members of the society, Dave Hill, Patrick Jervis, Mark Johnson and Fidel Lloyd, who take on the four principle roles alongside two new members, Phil Bourne and Ben Green.

The hilarious and heartfelt show will be directed by Helen Gilfoyle, new to Lichfield Operatic Society, but who has many years of experience directing for other Midland amateur companies and performing herself.

This will be Helen’s second time directing The Full Monty, a show she is extremely passionate about.

She said: “When I was approached by Lichfield Operatic Society to direct their production of The Full Monty, my initial thought was ‘you should never go back’. But I did and any worries I had proved unfounded. The sense of joy and excitement from the first rehearsal convinced me that I had made the right decision.

“I’d like to thank Lichfield Operatic Society for giving me the opportunity to revisit this fantastic show and for making me so welcome.

“Backed by a great production team – in particular a choreographer with nerves of steel – I have loved every minute so far.

“My ‘Magnificent Six’, in particular, have brought a real sense of camaraderie and fun to rehearsals. I know that this will infect the audience too. It really is a show not to be missed.”

Working alongside Helen will be Musical Director Jack Hopkins and Choreographer Charlotte Middleton.

The show runs at the Lichfield Garrick from October 13 to 17. Tickets start from £15. To book visit the online box office or call 01543 412121.

As the show contains nudity, is not suitable for children.

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