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Thursday, June 22

Freddie Flintoff joins Jodie Prenger and Sam Bailey in tour of Fat Friends Musical

Former England cricket captain, and star of SKY’s League of Their Own, Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff  joins an all star cast for the world premiere of Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends - the Musical. He will play Kevin Mergatroyd opposite Jodie Prenger as his fiancĂ©e, Kelly at  Leeds, Southampton, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford and Blackpool.

One of the world’s most recognised cricket stars, Freddie Flintoff won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 2005 after playing a pivotal role in regaining the Ashes from Australia. Since the Lancashire Lad’s cricket career ended in 2010, he has forged a career as a much loved presenter and broadcaster. Appearing as a captain on Sky’s ‘A League of Their Own’, being crowned King of the Jungle in the first Australian version of ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!’, Freddie has also launched a clothing range ‘Flintoff by Jacamo’. Having just filmed a part in Kay Mellor’s new ITV series, this role will see Freddie continue to affirm his acting credentials after bowling over the show’s creator, Kay Mellor and composer Nicholas Lloyd Webber during auditions!

 Freddie Flintoff said: “I am really excited to be starring in Fat Friends - The Musical at Leeds Grand in November and at some other great venues around the UK in 2018. Having had the pleasure of recently working on an episode of Kay’s latest TV series, it’s great to have the opportunity to work with her again. I loved the TV series and think Fat Friends - The Musical, is going to give people a great night out. I’m really looking forward to it.

Kay Mellor said: “I was introduced to Freddie at one of our TV casting sessions - it was clear to me that he could leave his cricket bat behind, embody a character, and understand the drama. It was a no brainer… he got the part. Then, as we were talking through Fat Friends - The Musical, I wondered if Freddie could sing. I was ecstatic when Nick met him and agreed his voice was perfect for the role. I am thrilled and delighted that Freddie is able to join us for our run at Leeds and part of the tour as well, playing our leading male and fiancee to Kelly played by Jodie Prenger. I can’t wait to start working with the super talented cast we’ve got so far!”







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