Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Henley girls block-book theatre to see Full Monty

THE raunchy Broadway musical version of The Full Monty is returning to the Kenton Theatre in the New

THE raunchy Broadway musical version of The Full Monty is returning to the Kenton Theatre in the New Year — by popular demand.

Based on the hit 1997 film about a troupe of unemployed steelworkers turned male strippers, the award-winning show was last produced at the venue by the Henley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society in April 2014.

Among the cast on that occasion was Piers Burnell, whose Basement Bodies Theatre Company is bringing the show back to the New Street venue from January 12 to 16.

What’s more, Piers — who is still a keen member of HAODS — is getting a little help from his friends.

Jennifer Fiander, who has known Piers for three years since they met through mutual friends, was disappointed to miss out on seeing the show last year.

This time around she thought she would book early — but decided to make a girls’ night out of it.

After asking a group of her friends if they wanted to go, demand snowballed and Jennifer ended up booking the front four rows of the Kenton for the Friday, January 15, performance — a total of 48 tickets.

Jennifer, 32, said: “Every year at Christmas the ladies that I play cards with on a Wednesday, we try and do a Christmassy type of event.

“So I asked them — they really wanted to. Then their daughters wanted to. And then some of their female friends wanted to. Then the next thing I knew I had people calling me saying, ‘I’ve heard about this girlie night out, can I come?’

“So I decided to create a Facebook event page and it just escalated from there really.”

For his part, Piers, who lives in Friday Street, was pleased to know the show still had a certain pulling power.

He said: “We did The Full Monty two years ago with HAODS. And lots of people wanted to see it again and people who didn’t see it wanted to see it and obviously HAODS don’t do the same shows again — or at least not for 10 years. And I thought, well, if we can match the success of last time then whatever money we make I can put into another show and then sort of say from the same people who did The Full Monty we’re now doing another show — rather than just going in with a show and no one really knowing anything about us.”

Tickets for The Full Monty are £15, with concessions available at £13. The show, which contains nudity and swearing, is billed as being suitable for ages 14 and over. Showtime is 7.45pm. To book, call the Kenton box office on (01491) 575698 or visit www.kentontheatre.co.uk

Jennifer Fiander is running the Reading Half Marathon on Sunday, April 3, in aid of Cancer Research UK. For more details or to sponsor her, visit her fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JenniferFiander

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