The Full Monty at Royal & Derngate

The Full Monty | Nicole Navigates
The Full Monty | Nicole Navigates

The ultimate girls night out at the theatre consists of wine, giggles and Gary Lucy’s bum!

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of watching The Full Monty with one of my best friends at the Royal & Derngate on it’s press night, to once again review it for OnStage Northants.

I had seen this show before, way back when it last came to the Derngate in 2017 – while my memory of the show has fainted slightly, what I do remember of it was being utterly hilarious.

With some slight tweaks and new additions, it ended it being a night to remember and nothing cheers your week up more than a trip to the theatre with your girl friend!

The Full Monty is based on the 1997 film of the same title, which is a film I remember very well growing up. It’s a family favourite and it’s an iconic 90’s film. It was great seeing the film come to life in this stage adaptation.

The Full Monty | Nicole Navigates

Of course, we got to enjoy our interval glasses of wine at John Franklin’s, which is always full of atmosphere and is one of my favourite hidden gems in Northampton.

It reminds me everytime that I need to go back and enjoy a Saturday eating their yummy cheese boards and drink prosecco. Such a classy lady!

But back to the show, it was just as hilarious as I remembered it to be last time, the acting with superb from all, including the young actor who played Gaz’s son, Nathan. Even though the show is mainly based on male-stripping and bums, it also touches on some serious topics too that made the show even better for it’s added emotion and heart.

And the end was certainly worth the wait: The Full Monty! And yes, if you’re near the front, you will get an eye full!

The Full Monty | Nicole Navigates

After the show, Ruth and I returned to John Franklin’s for one last drink, Ruth a mocktail as she was driving and I another glass of wine because, well… Tuesday?

What we didn’t realise though, was afterwards, the whole cast came into the bar for their after show drinks – and we got to meet some of the cast! OH YEAH!

Ruth went mad for Andrew Dunn as she loves Dinner Ladies, a comedy which I had no idea about until she told me it is one of her favourite series. Meanwhile, I was just casually watching Gary Lucy stumble over to us to have a chat with us  – and yes, we got a photo of us with him – totally not fangirling…

The Full Monty | Nicole Navigates

Overall, it was an entertaining evening filled with laughter, wine and seeing a show that involved male-stripping… what could be better on a Tuesday night!?

Northampton really does have so much entertainment to offer, what with Royal & Derngate right in the centre of the town, with the addition of John Franklin’s right next door – it’s truly a cultural quarter worth visiting.

Read my full review of The Full Monty at OnStageNorthants

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