From 2000-2005 Fat Friends followed the lives of several members of a local Leeds' slimming club group, now the premise is reborn - bigger and louder than ever. Fat Friends: The Musical still explores the sometimes mad world of the slimming club, but with song and dance to bring it all to life. TV show creator Kay Mellor is still behind the helm, while composer and songwriter Nick Lloyd Webber (yes, that's Andrew Lloyd Webber's son) takes charge of the music. Fat Friends: The Musical will be at the Mayflower Theatre from February 5th till February 10th.
Kelly is getting married. She's happy and comfortable with herself and the slimming club is the last thing on her mind - that is until she can't manage to do up the wedding dress of her dreams. So with a dress two sizes too small, Kelly gives in to her mother's pleas to drop a few pounds for the big day. But then it's also time for the Super Slimmer competition, and you know things aren't going to go exactly as planned.
There are a lot of laughs, but the musical is also heartwarming and filled with a lot of love, much like the original television show.
The cast includes Jodie Prenger as Kelly and cricket legend Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff as her fiancé Kevin. Atomic Kitten's Natasha Hamilton and Coronation Street's Kevin Kennedy will also join the Southampton cast.
The show premiered at the Leeds Grand Theatre on November 7th 2017, and this is the first tour of the show. From Southampton, the tour continues around England and the rest of the UK. The full tour dates can be found on the Fat Friends: The Musical website. Fat Friends: The Musical will be in Southampton at the Mayflower Theatre from February 5th till February 10th. Tickets start at £19.50 and can be purchased online from the Mayflower website. For more information check out the Fat Friends: The Musical website.
If you really want to look the part on opening night, you can also order Fat Friends: The Musical merchandise online now including t-shirts and tote bags.