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fat friends the musicalJoshua Andrews and Adam Spiegel have just announced the premiere of the British musical Fat Friends which is based on the TV drama and has been adapted for the stage by writer Kay Mellor with original music by Nicholas Lloyd Webber. Mellor will also direct the show which opens at Leeds Grand Theatre on 7th November followed by an extensive UK tour in 2018.

Designed by Bretta Gerecke with musical supervision, orchestrations and arrangements from Simon Lee. Jodie Prenger will play Kelly Stevenson leading a star company including X Factor Winner Sam Bailey as Betty (Elaine C Smith at three Scottish dates in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen) with Emmerdale's Natalie Anderson as as Super Slimmers leader Lauren and former England cricket captain, and star of SKY’s League of Their Own, Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff is playing Kevin Mergatroyd (Kelly's fiancee) in Leeds, Southampton, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford and Blackpool.

This brand new stage show reunites dieting friends in an original musical full of hopes, humour and heart. Watch the group of loveable characters put through their Zumba paces at their local branch of Super Slimmer's by the lovelorn Lauren whilst Kelly fantasises about fitting into the wedding dress of her dreams.

The TV drama was nominated for multiple awards including the BAFTA for Best Drama Series and followed the lives of a group of overweight friends as they struggle with the absurdities of modern dieting. Running from 2000 for five years on ITV, the show starred Alison Steadman, Sheridan Smith and Lisa Riley and launched the careers of James Corden and Ruth Jones.

More casting news and tour dates to follow.

Leeds Grand$$
11 November-2 December
Bromley Churchill
16-20 January
Newcastle Theatre Royal
23-27 January
Hull New Theatre
29 January-3 February 2018
Southampton Mayflower $$
5-10 February
Sheffield Lyceum $$
12-17 February
Southend Cliffs
19-24 February
Milton Keynes
5-10 March
Norwich Theatre Royal
12-17 March
Manchester Opera House$$
19-24 March
Nottingham Theatre Royal
26-31 March
Birmingham Alexandra $$
3-7 April
Dartford Orchard
9-13 April
Edinburgh Playhouse@@
19-22 April
Cardiff Millennium Centre
24-28 April
Glasgow King's @@
30 April-5 May
Bradford Alhambra $$
14-19 May
Aberdeen Performing Arts@@
21-26 May
Blackpool Winter Gardens $$
29 May-2 June

@@ Elaine C Smith playing Betty

$$ Freddie Flintoff playing Kevin.