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Fat Friends the Musical comes to Dartford

PUBLISHED: 13:19 19 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:19 19 February 2018

Local favourite Sam Bailey will star in the musical. Picture: Orchard Theatre

Local favourite Sam Bailey will star in the musical. Picture: Orchard Theatre

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Starring Sam Bailey, Jodie Prenger, Natalie Anderson and Kevin Kennedy, the world premiere tour of Fat Friends the Musical will arrive in Dartford in April.

The award winning TV drama has been adapted for the stage by its creator and one of the UK’s most prolific writers, Kay Mellor, whose extensive television credits include hit series of Band of Gold, The Chase, The Syndicate, In the Club and whose stage credits include A Passionate Woman.

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!

Produced by Joshua Andrews and Adam Spiegel, with original music and songs composed by Nicholas Lloyd Webber, Fat Friends – The Musical will open at Leeds Grand Theatre in November ahead of an extensive UK tour, which includes visits to Dartford and Bromley.

The musical, designed by Bretta Gerecke, is choreographed by Karen Bruce, with musical supervision, orchestrations and arrangements from Simon Lee.

Two-time Olivier Award winning Gareth Owen will be in charge of sound design, and lighting design will come from Tony Award nominated Nick Richings.

The musical sees the nation’s favourite group of dieters reunited as the show bursts onto the stage.

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.

Entertaining millions of viewers for five years on ITV, the show starred Alison Steadman, Gaynor Faye and Lisa Riley, and launched the careers of James Corden and Ruth Jones.

Written by Kay Mellor, the show was nominated for multiple awards including the BAFTA for Best Drama Series.

The musical will open on Monday, April 9 at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford.

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