Full casting has been confirmed for the upcoming world premiere of Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends the Musical, which embarks on a UK tour from the 7th November.

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Premiering at the Leeds Grand Theatre from the 7th November, it has been announced that Natasha Hamilton(Atomic Kitten) will take on the role of Julia, Kevin Kennedy (Coronation Street) stars as Fergus and Rachael Wooding (We Will Rock You) appears as Joanne, alongside Jonathan Halliwell (Let It Shine) as Paul, Chloe Hart (Hairspray) as Val while Alan will be played by Neil Hurst.

What’s On Stage Award nominee Joel Montague, who recently starred alongside Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl, will share the role of Kevin with Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff. Freddie will appear in Leeds, Southampton, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford and Blackpool with Joel completing the remaining tour dates.

The new members of the cast will join the previously announced  Jodie Prenger, Natalie Anderson, Sam Bailey and Elaine C. Smith.

Fat Friends has been adapted for the stage by its creator and one of the UK’s most prolific writers, Kay Mellor. It is produced by Joshua Andrews and Adam Spiegel, with original music and songs composed by Nicholas Lloyd Webber.

The production will be touring to Bromley, Newcastle, Hull, Southampton, Sheffield, Southend, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Dartford, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast, Bradford, Aberdeen and Blackpool.

The ‘weight’ is over; 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 fantasises 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 the musical is designed by Bretta Gerecke with choreography by Karen Bruce, musical supervision, orchestrations and arrangements from Simon Lee, sound design by two time Olivier Award winning Gareth Owen and lighting design from Tony Award nominated Nick Richings.

For more information about the tour visit: http://www.fatfriendsthemusical.com/

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