It's a strip down memory lane; They're doing The Full Monty again but this time on stage, as its writer tells ROZ LAWS.
We laughed and cried at The Full Monty, watching men who felt like they had no hope regain their self-esteem - by stripping.
Now the Oscar-winning film has been turned into a play by the same writer, Simon Beaufoy.
Coming to Birmingham Hippodrome next week, it stars Coronation Street's Craig Gazey, Kenny Doughty from Stella, The Bill's Simon Rouse and Kieran O'Brien.
It's a play, rather than a musical, but it does feature the iconic songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.
While it is still set in Sheffield in the 1980s, Simon reckons it is just as relevant to today's tough economic times.
"It's a play about unemployment," says the 46-year-old. "Although it was a very different and far more visible recession in the 1980s, the feelings of hopelessness and disempowerment, that you're without any prospects, are the same today. "So it felt like the perfect time to bring it to the stage.
"It's not all doom and gloom - we hope people will leave with a smile on their face and a sense of hope.
"Everyone who enjoyed the film will enjoy the play. They will recognise the characters from the film and the journey they go on.
"I was determined to write a proper play, not just stitch together everyone's favourite moments from the film.
"The beauty of theatre is that we have more time, to flesh out the characters and really get to know them.
"But there are huge differences between film and stage productions.
With film you can instantly take audiences anywhere, from the moors to someone's front room. With a play you have to bring all the action to one place, in this case an abandoned steelworks.
"The Full Monty was my first screenplay and now it is the first play I have written. Naively I thought 'just how difficult can it be, I've written 15 films!'. But I had to learn a whole new set of skills."
Something audiences will expect to see is the iconic scene played out to Hot Stuff, where the cast find themselves rehearsing while queuing at the Job Centre.
"That scene is sacrosanct, I think I'd be lynched if I didn't put that in," laughs Simon, who also promises that the cast will definitely do The Full Monty at the end.
"Be assured, there's nothing left on when the curtain comes down. The cast are totally at ease with it, two days into rehearsals they were striding around completely naked.
"But it's not a titillating film at all. They're not really sexy, but they are brave. Everyone is applauding them for having the courage to strip rather than going 'oh look at that'."
It's not the first time that The Full Monty has been on stage. There was an American version which began on Broadway and toured the UK, coming to the Birmingham Hippodrome in 2004. It was a musical which replaced Sheffield and football with Buffalo and basketball, but Simon had nothing to do with it.
"I was furious about that version," he fumes. "It was insulting to show it to UK audiences. It was a real shame they did it."
Simon has been nominated for an Oscar three times, for The Full Monty, Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours. He won it in 2009 for Slumdog, for which he also won a BAFTA. Now there is talk of turning Slumdog Millionaire into a musical, though Simon reveals the negotiations are fraught with 'irritating legal issues'.
"I would love to do it, it would make a brilliant musical, but all of us who made the film made a pact - me, director Danny Boyle and composer AR Rahman - that we would all have to be involved or none of us.
"There's a lot of wrangling going on to do with rights around the TV series Who Wants To Be A Millionaire."
Simon is currently writing a script about the very British rivalry between athletes Seb Coe and Steve Ovett.
"It's tricky because they never really met and hardly ever ran against each other," he says.
The Full Monty plays Birmingham Hippodrome from February 26 to March 2. For tickets ring 0844 338 5000 or go to www.birminghamhippodrome.
The cast of The Full Monty are ready to bring laughter and tears to the Birmingham Hippodrome..