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REVIEW: The Full Monty Press Night at the Wyvern Theatre

Last night (29th October), a lucky member of Team Total jumped at the chance of heading along to the Wyvern Theatre for the Press Night and Opening Night of The Full Monty. Here's what they thought of the evening...

From 29th October - 3rd November only, the Wyvern Theatre are putting on a fantastic show of The Full Monty, which is described as one of the most acclaimed British films ever - and the play certainly lived up to that title! On arrival at the Wyvern Theatre, myself and my two guests headed up to the Spotlight Room for the Press Night, away from the busy crowds in the foyer. 

We were greeted by the lovely staff at the Wyvern, who gave us a programme of the show, offered us a drink and had set out a lovely buffet for us to get stuck into! It was a nice quiet space for us to relax and enjoy a bite to eat and drink before the show began. When 7.30pm rolled around, we made our way to the theatre itself where a very helpful member of staff directed us to our seats. Our seats were very easy to find, and so it wasn’t long before we’d made ourselves comfortable. The atmosphere was electric already – everyone was buzzing and all eyes were fixated on the stage, eager for the play to begin!

The curtains lifted and so the play began, transforming the audience into another world filled with hilarious jokes, fantastic comedy and entertainment from start to finish. We don’t want to give too much away, but we can say for sure that time flew by watching The Full Monty. The special effects, fantastic use of props and music were just an added bonus to the incredible performance made by the actors and actresses. Each character brought something unique to the play, and I found myself loving every single character! The twenty-minute interval was much appreciated as it gave the audience some time to stretch their legs, grab some food or a drink before we got stuck into the second half, which was equally as engaging and thrilling as the first.

The ending was the icing on the cake – the whole crowd were clapping, wolf whistling and squealing with excitement at what was going on in front of them and eventually on their feet! It created an unbeatable atmosphere, especially the ending which had everyone fixated on the actors wide eyed!

When the play came to an end and just before the curtain dropped down for the final time, each actor gave a bow and the audience were thanked, as well as spoken to by the main character ‘Gaz’ (Gary Lucy) which was a lovely touch. The audience filed out of the theatre and there was still a buzz of excitement as people were chatting about how incredible the play was.

I had heard amazing things about The Full Monty, though I never expected it to be as exciting, hilarious and entertaining as it was. I absolutely loved every minute, and congratulate the Wyvern Theatre, the incredible actors and all the crew behind the show for putting on such a brilliant performance!

You can still purchase tickets to The Full Monty here!

Wyvern Theatre Swindon

Wyvern Theatre Swindon

Wyvern Theatre Swindon offers an excellent mixed programme of concerts, comedy, dance, drama, musical theatre and local amateur productions.

Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN

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