From left are Martin White, Kyle Chuen, LeRoi Kippen, Geoff Anderson, Mark Hamilton and Nick Walter as they rehearse for The Full Monty, which starts at the Theatre Royal next week. Photo: Jon Alexander.

Nelson heats up for The Full Monty


Will they do The Full Monty? There is only one way to find out – come and see the show next week at the Theatre Royal.

Nelson Repertory Theatre is kicking off an eight show run of the “must see” musical next Thursday and are promising local audiences “a night to remember”.

The musical, based on the 1997 hit film of the same name, tells the story of a group of unemployed steelworkers going through hard financial times, who see an opportunity to make some money, and impress their wives and girlfriends with a striptease at the same time.

Production manager Hugh Neill says it’s a show they have wanted to bring to Nelson for a while.

“It has been done in Blenheim and it went off like a rocket there. We also did Ladies Night back in 1990s, and Nelson audiences fully embraced it.”

Directed by Bryan Aitken, with musical direction from Chris Lukies, Nelson Repertory has put together a talented cast of 19 – many of whom will be new faces for Nelson audiences.

“Our six main guys have been enjoying it, it has been great. The whole thing is just some ordinary guys, not buffed up or anything, doing their thing.”

The lead role of Jerry Lukowski is played by Kyle Chuen who Hugh describes as a “joy to watch”.

“Audiences will be blown away. He carries the show and is the catalyst for The Full Monty.”

Tickets are selling fast, with the opening night almost two-thirds full. The Full Monty is on at the Theatre Royal from 22 – 31 March. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal or