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Byline: By Tony Deeley

A MIDLAND operatic group has been forced to switch towns for its production of The Full Monty - because it was seen as too racy.

Members of West Bromwich Operatic Society had earmarked Sedgley's Mill Theatre as the venue to bare all on stage for the first time in their lives for the production.

But marketing co-ordinator John Wetherall said today that, with just weeks to spare, the show had to be switched to Lichfield's Garrick Theatre following complaints.

Strippers Tim Brown, Chris Ingley, Michael Brown, John Wetherall, Paul Bickerton and Dave Storey are the players putting their acting credentials under the spotlight.

The award-winning musical stage version of the Oscar-winning film, originally centred on jobless steel workers in Sheffield, will run at the Garrick from Tuesday October 18 to the following Saturday.

John, aged 23 from Tividale, who plays plump stripper Dave Bukatinsky, said he and his fellow Black Country strippers - aged 18 for Paul to 39 for Dave - said wives and girlfriends were eagerly snapping up tickets.

"None of us have done any nude scenes before so we are strip virgins, just like the men in the film," he said.

"Stripping down to our birthday suits with people having a good old gander at us is totally different to being in the changing rooms and will be quite strange.

"It has become easier as it has gone on but the fact we are going to take our kit off in front of 400 people is quite scary. We are hoping not to freeze on the night.

The show will start at 7.30 pm on each evening and tickets priced from pounds 12.50 can be obtained by calling the box office on 01543 412121

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BARING ALL... front Tim Brown, with (from left) Michael Brown, John Wetherall, Paul Bickerton and Dave Storey; FILM VERSION... Robert Carlyle
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