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Play of the week: The Full Monty, various venues


As artistic director Daniel Evans points out, The Full Monty is a pretty unusual feel-good comedy. It mines its laughs from depression and confusion, forging joy from the spirit of men who refuse to be crushed by the wheels of post-industrialism.

It is impossible not to be drawn to the protagonists as they embark on a journey from redundancy to redemption down the social club.

Leading a great cast, Kenny Doughty's Gaz mobilises his motley band of performers with irrepressible charm.

The big scene at the end, meanwhile, employs a thrilling perspective switch. Chuffing brilliant.

Hippodrome, Birmingham (0844 338 5000) ends tonight; Hippodrome, Bristol (0844 871 3012) Tue to 9 Mar; then touring (fullmontytheplay.com)