Full casting for Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends The Musical, which features former cricketer Freddie Flintoff, was announced today.
Fat Friends the Musical is expected to bowl the maidens over at a premiere at Leeds Grand this November with an extensive UK tour to follow in 2018.
Joining the previously announced cast is Natasha Hamilton (Atomic Kitten), Kevin Kennedy (Coronation Street) and Rachael Wooding (We Will Rock You).
They will appear alongside Jonathan Halliwell (Let It Shine) and Chloe Hart (Hairspray).
Alan will be played by Neil Hurst, one of dozens of Yorkshiremen who applied for the role through an open audition call.
Also newly announced, What’s On Stage Award nominee Joel Montague, who recently starred alongside Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl, will share the role of Kevin with Freddie Flintoff.
Freddie will appear in Leeds, Southampton, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford and Blackpool with Joel completing the remaining tour dates.
Futher cast includes: Craig Armstrong, Lizzie Bea, Paul Brangan, Emma Crossley, Ellie Leah, Laura Mansell and Ryan Pidgen.
The cast is completed by Jodie Prenger and Natalie Anderson with Sam Bailey and Elaine C. Smith sharing the role of Betty.
Fat Friends, the award winning TV drama has been adapted for the stage by its creator, Kay Mellor, whose extensive television credits include hit series of Band of Gold, The Chase, The Syndicate, In the Club and whose stage credits include A Passionate Woman.
Packed full of warmth, life and weight loss, this brand new stage show reunites favourite foodie friends in an original musical bulging with hopes, humour and heart.
Join the infamous group of loveable characters as they are put through their Zumba paces at their local branch of Super Slimmer’s by the lovelorn Lauren while Kelly fantasises about fitting into the wedding dress of her dreams.
Fat Friends hit television screens in October 2000, following the lives of a group of overweight friends as they struggle with the absurdities of modern dieting.
Written by Mellor, the show was nominated for multiple awards including the BAFTA for Best Drama Series.
Nov 7 – Dec 2, LEEDS Grand Theatre.
Jan 16 – 20, BROMLEY Churchill Theatre Jan 23 – 27, NEWCASTLE Theatre Royal Jan 29 – Feb 3, HULL New Theatre Feb 5 – 10, SOUTHAMPTON Mayflower Theatre Feb 12 – 17, SHEFFIELD Lyceum Feb 19 – 24, SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion Mar 5 – 10, MILTON KEYNES Theatre Mar 12 – 17, NORWICH Theatre Royal Mar 19 – 24, MANCHESTER Opera House Mar 26 – 31, NOTTINGHAM Theatre Royal Apr 3 – 7, BIRMINGHAM New Alexandra Theatre Apr 9 – 14, DARTFORD Orchard Theatre Apr 19 – 21, EDINBURGH Playhouse Apr 24 – 28, CARDIFF Wales Millennium Centre Apr 30 – May 5,GLASGOW Kings Theatre May 7 – 12, BELFAST Grand Opera House May 14 – 19, BRADFORD Alhambra Theatre May 21 – 26, ABERDEEN His Majesty’s Theatre May 28 – June 2, BLACKPOOL Winter Gardens.