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Sixteen years after his film about unemployed men stripping became a hit, Simon Beaufoy is adapting The Full Monty for the stage. He explains how a visit to Sheffield confirmed it was still shockingly relevant

In a rehearsal room, tea is being made and Kit Kats eaten; people are putting on their coats to go out into the Sheffield winter. There is snow in the air. In the midst of this, a small committee is staring at a group of men wearing nothing but red thongs. They're supposed to be thongs, anyway. But one of the men gazes critically down at his package and declares, with dark, Yorkshire suspicion, "This looks more like a nappy to me." He rolls up the sides so that there is just a thin string holding up the pouch. "You want it more like this." There are murmurs of assent, the sort you get at a dull board meeting. »

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