Based on the hit television series, Fat Friends is being transformed into a brand new stage musical written and directed by Kay Mellor.
Featuring original music by Nicholas Lloyd Webber, Fat Friends the Musical will premiere at the Leeds Grand Theatre on the 7th November, before embarking on a UK tour – details of which will be announced soon.
It has also been confirmed that Jodie Prenger will lead the cast in the role of Kelly Stevenson, with further casting to be confirmed in due course.
Packed full of warmth, life and weight loss, this brand new stage show reunites our 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 whilst Kelly fantastises about fitting into the wedding dress of her dreams. Fat Friends offers a generous serving of hilarious fun with a sprinkle of romance on top!
Fat Friends originally hit television screens in October 2000, following the lives of a group of friends as they struggle with modern dieting. It ran for five years on ITV and starred Alison Steadman, Sheridan Smith and Lisa Riley.
Talking about the news Kay Mellor said: ” The musical is funny and sad with a big story and some meaty and memorable songs. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to work with Nick Lloyd Webber who absolutely gets my characters and world. Together I think we’ve created something rather unique. I’m absolutely delighted and thrilled for the premier of Fat Friends The Musical to be held at Leeds Grand Theatre. Not only is Leeds my home town, but it’s where I set the television series and the stage musical. I love Leeds with a passion and the people of Leeds inspire me every day, so it fills me with pride to know that the musical will be seen by the people of Leeds before it goes on a national tour in 2018.’