Soap star Gary Lucy will be swapping the small screen for the stage when he stars in an adaptation of a British film classic.
He appears in The Full Monty which comes to the Royal and Derngate in Northampton next month as part of a UK wide tour.
The play follows a similar story to the film which sees six unemployed steel workers in Sheffield who take the world by storm by getting their kit off. It has been adapted by the Oscar winning Simon Beaufoy who penned the original 1997 film.
He said: “It was a great opportunity to take the lead role in what is my first stage production so when the opportunity came along I took it.
“It is a fantastic character who is doing it because he wants to see his son and he is having trouble with access. There’s a really good storyline for all of the characters in the show.
“It does follow the film in that there is the pay off at the end when they all get their kit off but people who come and see the show are drawn into it before the end.”
Gary appears alongside Dinnerladies star Andrew Dunn, Brookside’s Louis Emerick and Coronation Street’s Rupert Hill and he paid tribute to the cast.
The show also contains songs from the film including Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones coming to the theatre fresh from the West End.
Gary said: “The stage is a very different discipline but one that I am enjoying. There is nothing that has gone wrong yet touch wood but there is plenty that could.
“It is a real fun night and one that is definitely worth putting in the diary.”
He is a familiar face on the small screen thanks to roles on the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks and in the ITV drama series Footballers Wives and The Bill. He was also more recently seen as a regular character on the BBC soap opera Eastenders.
Gary added: “Probably my favourite role was Hollyoaks which was at the start of my career.
“It was a really big meaty part and a really strong storyline.
“It’s not been a conscious decision to concentrate on TV, that is just how the career has gone so far.
“I have nothing planned for after the tour which runs until May. If I am still alive at that point, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
“I am very glad that there is a gap between the audience and the front of the stage as the people who come along are certainly whipped into a frenzy right at the end.”
The Full Monty will be performed at the Royal and Derngate from Monday November 10 to Saturday November 15.
Tickets for the show cost between £10 and £30 and can be booked by calling the box office on 0844 871 7652 or by visiting www.royalandderngate.co.uk.