Weight is over for Fat Friends rehearsal shots

Images of rehearsals for Fat Friends the Musical have been released, ahead of the show’s world premiere.

Starring Freddie Flintoff, Sam Bailey, Jodie Prenger, Natasha Hamilton, Natalie Anderson and Kevin Kennedy, the production is being rehearsed in Leeds, home of the original TV series.

The TV drama has been adapted for the stage by its creator, Kay Mellor, whose television credits include Band of Gold, The Chase, The Syndicate and In the Club.

Cricketing star Flintoff will appear as Kevin Chadwick in Leeds, Southampton, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford and Blackpool, with Joel Montague completing the remaining tour dates.

It will open at Leeds Grand Theatre (November 7-December 2) ahead of an extensive UK tour, visiting Bromley, Newcastle, Hull, Southampton, Sheffield, Southend, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Dartford, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast, Bradford, Aberdeen and Blackpool.

The musical follows the fortunes of a group of dieters at their local branch of Super Slimmers.

Pictured: Jodie Prenger and Freddie Flintoff, by Helen Maybanks.