Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff

A UK tour has been announced for the musical production of Fat Friends, and it has been revealed that former England cricket captain Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff will join the cast.

Flintoff, best known as an England cricketer and from his appearances on the sports game show A League of their Own, will star as Kevin Chadwick opposite English actress Jodie Prenger who will play his fiancé, Kelly.

Fat Friends, which is based on a television programme, will run at the Leeds Grand Theatre from 7th November until 2th December before embarking on the UK tour, which will run until June 2018.

Synopsis: Fat Friends

The show follows a group of people who are put through their Zumba paces at their local branch of Super Slimmer’s – including Kelly, who 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. Running for five years on ITV, the show starred Alison Steadman, Gaynor Faye and Lisa Riley and helped launched the careers of James Corden and Ruth Jones.

Selected tour dates

Leeds Grand theatre: 7th November- 2nd December

Newcastle Theatre Royal: 23rd - 27th January

Southampton Mayflower Theatre: 5th - 10th February

Milton Keynes: 5th - 10 March

Manchester Opera House: 19th - 24th March

Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre: 3rd - 7th April

Glasgow King’s Theatre: 30th April - 5th May

Blackpool Winter Gardens: 29th May - 2nd June

More dates and venues are available and details of such can be found on the website. Group travel organisers should visit their chosen theatre for information regarding group bookings.

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