New stage version of 'Full Monty' lined up

LONDON

The world premieres of a new play “Straight” by scribe-on-the-rise D.C. Moore, a new stage version of the 1997 Fox Searchlight Pictures hit “The Full Monty,” and major revivals of “Macbeth” and “My Fair Lady,” both helmed by a.d. Daniel Evans, lead the 40th anniversary season at Sheffield’s Crucible theater.

“Straight,” a drama about about two best friends on a fateful night out, is helmed by Sheffield’s associate director Richard Wilson and runs Nov. 1-24. “The Full Monty,” produced by Sheffield Theaters, David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, is a new play version of the property, unrelated to the 2000 tuner created in the U.S. by Terrence McNally and David Yazbek.

Making his theater debut, Simon Beaufoy (“Slumdog Millionaire”) has adapted his own Oscar-nommed screenplay. Designed by Robert Jones and opening in February 2013, it will then tour the U.K.

Other season highlights include the regional premiere of the comedy “The Village Bike” by Penelope Skinner, and a revival of Shelagh Delaney’s “A Taste of Honey,” helmed by Polly Findlay.

Sheffield’s profile continues to rise with its production of Michael Frayn’s “Democracy” previewing at Kevin Spacey’s Old Vic theater from Jun 15.

Casting for the season has yet to be announced.

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