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Actors brave the cold weather in Full Monty strip.

DESPITE the draughty nature of the Full Monty lead roles, there was surprisingly no shortage of men in auditions for the Ellesmere Port Musical Theatre Company's new show.

"We didn't seem to have trouble finding cast members," reveals director Laura Coard. "The six male leads are all such good characters to play, they were too good to pass up."

The box office smash about unemployed Sheffield steel workers turning to stripping to make ends meet has been moved to the Buffalo steel mills for the stage version. But it still includes the, albeit brief, scene of nudity at the end.

"The first time we did it we had a closed rehearsal," recalls Laura. "It was just the six guys and the production team here and we made them do it in broad daylight.

"I didn't want them to get too nervous but from then onwards some of them chose to strip down for every rehearsal whether other people were there or not."

But there's far more to the story than stripping, she adds.

"There are high and low moments and definitely some people can relate to it, especially at the moment.

"Obviously the Full Monty doesn't necessarily appeal to everybody and when we last did it in 2007we had some people in the audience who didn't realise it was going to be a musical - they thought it was just a strip show. I think they were a bit disappointed." * THE Full Monty is at New Brighton Floral Pavilion until Sat u r day.

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