A DOUBLE dose of theatre is in store for audiences when the Irving Stage Company put on a musical and a play over seven days in May.
The Full Monty musical, by David Yazbek, airs between Wednesday, May 9, and Saturday 12, while Stepping Out, the stage play by Richard Harris, will be performed between Saturday, May 5 and Monday, May 7.
The decision to stage two productions was taken to enable more people to tread the boards and aims to draw a bigger audience.
Sian Couture, who directs Stepping out and choreographs The Full Monty, said: “It is very difficult to find good musicals owing to the availability of performing rights and most of those that we can put on have been done to death.
“We thought The Full Monty would bring in a new audience and it has worked quite well.”
Sian said that both casts had been helping each other backstage and with technical rehearsals and so far the ‘experiment’ had worked well and been ‘enormous’ fun.
The Full Monty is set in the US and, like the British film, tells the story of the unemployed steelworkers who decide to perform their own strip act and the emotional and humorous journey they embark upon.
Stepping Out tells of the lives of a group of women and one man who attend tap dance classes in a dingy North London church hall and explores their everyday lives and how they emerge triumphant ‘tappers’ performing at a local grand charity show.
Buy tickets to see both productions and get a 10 per cent discount. Tickets are available on 01284 769505.