Following a successful sell-out tour in 2017, Kay Mellor’s smash hit Fat Friends – The Musical is to return to tour the UK and Ireland in 2022. With original music by Nicholas Lloyd Webber, the show will star Lee Mead as ‘Paul’ with further casting to be announced soon.
This hugely entertaining musical is based on the hit ITV show Fat Friends and reunites our favourite foodie friends as they are put through their Zumba paces at their local slimming club, whilst Kelly fantasises about fitting into the wedding dress of her dreams. This show of hope, humour, love and weight loss, delivers a fun night out full of laughter and encourages us all, as the final song sings, to Love Who You Are!
Kay Mellor: “Audiences Will Leave Fat Friends the Musical With A Smile on Their Face..”
The show toured the UK to sell out audiences in 2017 and after a tough year for all, Kay Mellor feels that it is the perfect time to bring this feast of a feel-good show back.
Kay Mellor says “Issues of body image and online trolling are more pertinent today than ever and will resonate with people everywhere. Despite this, using song, dance and humour I can guarantee that audiences will leave the show with a smile on their face and feeling better about themselves – something we all need right now. I’m delighted to be remounting Fat Friends the Musical, thrilled to be working with the brilliant and talented Lee Mead and can’t wait for us to bring the show to so many fantastic venues around the UK and Ireland.”
Lee Mead Returns To Musical Theatre in Fat Friends – The Musical
Lee Mead is a much-loved actor of stage and screen. Having won the nations hearts when they voted him their Joseph in BBC One’s ‘Any Dream Will Do’, Lee has gone on to star in the West End in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Legally Blonde and Wicked before establishing himself as a TV favourite on Casualty and then Holby City in the role of ‘Lofty’.
Lee Mead said “I am so excited to be returning to musical theatre after an enjoyable few years on Casualty and Holby City and I’m so thrilled to be starring in Fat Friends The Musical. I saw the show when it first ran and absolutely loved it, so I can’t wait to now play the lovelorn vicar, Paul. I’m so looking forward to performing live again to wonderful audiences around the country and working with the incredible and iconic Kay Mellor.”
Created and Written by Kay Mellor, Fat Friends – The Musical, with nusic 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, Casting by Stephen Crockett CDG for David Grindrod Associates, with Additional Casting by David Shaw. It is produced by Joshua Andrews and Rollem Productions.
Fat Friends – The Musical tour dates include Cardiff’s New Theatre from January 18-22, 2022 and Bristol Hippodrome from July 4-9 2022. For full tour dates please see below.
Fat Friends – The Musical : 2022 UK & Ireland Tour Dates
- FRI 14 JANUARY – SAT 15 JANUARY 2022 The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
- TUE 18 JANUARY – SAT 22 JANUARY 2022 New Theatre, Cardiff (Lee Mead will not perform on Saturday 22 January 2022)
- MON 24 JANUARY – SAT 29 JANUARY 2022 Theatre Royal, Nottingham
- MON 31 JAN – SAT 5 FEBRUARY 2022 The Lyceum, Sheffield
- MON 7 FEB – SAT 12 FEBRUARY 2022 King’s Theatre, Glasgow
- MON 14 FEB – SAT 19 FEBRUARY 2022 Theatre Royal, Newcastle
- MON 21 FEB – SAT 5 MARCH 2022 Leeds Grand Theatre
- MON 7 MAR – SAT 12 MARCH 2022 Edinburgh Festival Theatre
- MON 14 MAR – SAT 19 MARCH 2022 The Orchard Theatre, Dartford
- MON 28 MAR – SAT 2 APRIL 2022 The Alexandra, Birmingham
- MON 4 APR – SAT 9 APRIL 2022 Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
- MON 11 APR – SAT 16 APRIL 2022 The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
- MON 25 APR – SAT 30 APRIL 2022 Norwich Theatre Royal
- TUE 3 MAY – SAT 7 MAY 2022 Southend Cliffs Pavilion
- MON 9 MAY – SAT 14 MAY 2022 Curve, Leicester
- MON 16 MAY – SAT 21 MAY 2022 Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
- MON 23 MAY – SAT 28 MAY 2022 Liverpool Empire
- MON 30 MAY – SAT 4 JUNE 2022 The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
- MON 6 JUN – SAT 11 JUNE 2022 The Lowry, Salford
- MON 13 JUN – SAT18 JUNE 2022 Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
- MON 20 JUN – SAT 25 JUNE 2022 Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
- MON 27 JUN – SAT 2 JULY 2022 Theatre Royal, Plymouth
- MON 4 JUL – SAT 9 JULY Bristol Hippodrome
- MON 18 JUL – SAT 23 JULY Hull New Theatre
For further details and updates visit FatFriendsMusical.com