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FAT FRIENDS THE MUSICAL TOUR

tour of fat friends

Following a highly successful sell-out tour in 2017, producer Joshua Andrews is delighted to announce that Kay Mellor’s smash hit FAT FRIENDS THE MUSICAL will return to tour the UK and Ireland opening at Dartford Orchard Theatre on 14 January 2022.

With original music by Nicholas Lloyd Webber, the show will star Lee Mead as Kevin (Kelly's fiancé, a big lad but not the sharpest knife in the drawer, he's lovable and adores Kelly) who will be joined by Jessica Ellis as Kelly Stevenson (Big, bubbly, bride to be, works in her dad's fish and chip shop.), Sherrie Hewson as Julia Fleshman (Ambitious slimming guru, media savvy, business woman. A bit of a bitch), Les Dennis as Fergus (Kelly's dad, runs a fish and chip shop in Headingley, loves his family but is not without a few worries), Marc Akinfolarin as Alan (Ambulance driver, loves his food, struggles with his weight, good hearted, solid man.) and Alex May-Roberts as Val (Works for local TV, and has recently replaced men for chocolate! Has put on nearly 2 stone) with more casting news to follow

This musical reunites dieting friends who are 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.

FAT FRIENDS THE MUSICAL is created, directed and has a book and lyrics by the multi award winning Kay Mellor, whose latest hit series of The Syndicate recently ran on BBC One. It has Music by Nicholas Lloyd Webber with Set and Costume design by Bretta Gerecke. Choreography is by Karen Bruce, Sound by Ben Harrison, Lighting by Nick Richings with Orchestrations, Arrangements and Musical Supervision by Simon Lee, It is produced by Joshua Andrews and Rollem Productions.

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.

Below are the tour dates we have so far

Orchard Theatre, Dartford
14 – 15 JANUARY 2022
New Theatre, Cardiff
18 - 22 JANUARY#
Theatre Royal, Nottingham
24 - 29 JANUARY
Lyceum, Sheffield
31 JANUARY – 5 FEBRUARY
on sale soon
King’s Theatre, Glasgow
7 FEBRUARY – 12 FEBRUARY
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Theatre Royal, Newcastle
14 - 19 FEBRUARY
Leeds Grand Theatre
21 FEBRUARY – 5 MARCH
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
7 - 12 MARCH
Orchard Theatre, Dartford
14 - 19 MARCH
The Alexandra, Birmingham
28 MARCH – 2 APRIL
Mayflower Southampton
4 - 9 APRIL
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
11 APRIL – 16 APRIL
Norwich Theatre Royal
25 - 30 APRIL
Southend Cliffs
3 - 7 MAY
Curve, Leicester
9 - 14 MAY
Dublin Bord Gáis
16-21 MAY
on sale soon
Liverpool Empire
23 - 28 MAY
Bradford Alhambra
30 MAY – 4 JUNE
Salford Lowry
6 - 11 JUNE
Wolverhampton Grand
13-18 JUNE
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
20 - 25 JUNE
Theatre Royal, Plymouth
27 JUNE – 2 JULY
on sale soon
Bristol Hippodrome
3- 9 JULY
Hull New Theatre
18- 23 JULY

#Lee Mead will not perform on Saturday 22 January 2022