He’s no stranger to the world of soaps, but appearing at the theatre is a whole new ball game for Gary Lucy.
The former star of Footballers’ Wives, Hollyoaks, The Bill and more recently EastEnders is enjoying playing Gaz in the stage production of The Full Monty, which comes to the Derngate next week for a six-night run.
The film came out in 1997, but the stage adaptation promises to entertain audiences all over again as it tells the story of six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose.
The 32-year-old actor said: “The first night went really well, it was a really good show and I think the audience enjoyed it.
“I just thought this was a great opportunity for my first stage experience, and what a fantastic way to do that with such an iconic film.
“All the characters have stories to tell, and the audience really follows that through.
“It’s a really great cast too, we all get on well. It’s all guys together and we’re just having a laugh.”
Gary is joined by Andrew Dunn, best known as Tony in Dinnerladies as well as regular appearances playing Alistair Campbell on Bremner, Bird and Fortune, Louis Emerick who was Mick Johnson in Brookside, Martin Miller whose recent credits include Hitchcock in the New York production of The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock, Bobby Schofield who is making his stage debut as Lomper and Rupert Hill who played Jamie Baldwin in Coronation Street.
Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar-winning writer of the film, has gone all the way with this adaptation that’s already getting rave reviews from audiences.
The production features songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones, and the new touring production is directed by award-winning director Roger Haines.
Gary, who appeared on Dancing On Ice in 2010, said: “It’s been a lot of hard work, but the previews have been very positive.
“It’s tough being away from home as I have two young kids but I am really well supported and I am getting home as much as possible.”
Not only is Gary juggling family life with the day job, he is also preparing to tie the knot on November 16 on his day off.
He added: “It’s quite a nice relief to deal with the wedding stuff during the day and then leave that all behind when I’m on stage.”
The Full Monty will be at the Derngate from Monday until Saturday at 7.45pm each night with matinees at 2.30pm on Wednesday and Saturday.
Tickets, priced from £10 to £30, can be booked by calling 01604 624811 or online.
Gary said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the audiences and I hope it’s as raucous as the other shows have been.”