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Fat Friends: The Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Kay Mellor Director: Kay Mellor Lyrics: Kay Mellor Music: Nick Lloyd Webber Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Based on Kay Mellor’s 2000 TV Show about the lives of the members of a Leeds slimming club, Fat Friends has now had the musical theatre treatment. It’s six weeks shy of Kelly’s wedding and she’s ready to float down the aisle in her ...

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Fat Friends: The Musical – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Resident Director: Craig Armstrong Writer: Kay Mellor Choreographer: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald As the summer sun begins to peek out from the infinite greyness of above, the time comes to consider if our beach bodies are ready for public display. As luck would have it, someone else is watching their waistline – and they are bringing their whole family ...

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Fat Friends – The Musical – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book, Lyrics and Director: Kay Mellor Music: Nick Lloyd Webber Reviewer: Clare White It’s been 18 years since ITV drama Fat Friends first hit our screens and now Kay Mellor’s popular slimming club-inspired comedy has undergone its own transformation for the stage. The musical adaptation, written and directed by Mellor, is a funny and frothy romp, featuring a host of ...

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Fat Friends – The Musical – Opera House, Manchester

Book, Lyrics and Director: Kay Mellor Music: Nick Lloyd Webber Musical Director: Michael Bradley Reviewer: Helen Jones It's 18 years since Kay Mellor's comedy-drama Fat Friends arrived on our TV screens, and now the premise has been modernised and rewritten to create Fat Friends – The Musical. The principal characters are the same; fun, curvy Kelly, her rather slow fiance Kevin, parents Betty ...

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Fat Friends – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer and Director: Kay Mellor Composer: Nick Lloyd Webber Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Loosely based on the tv show of the same name which ran from 2000 to 2005, Fat Friends has a clear target audience in the middle-aged women attending at Sheffield's opening night, and if the knowing laughs and whispered comments are anything to judge by, many of whom ...

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Cinderella – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: John Roberts The Empire Theatre’s annual pantomime may have undergone a change of producer, but that doesn’t mean the largest Christmas show in Merseyside has lost any of its glimmer and shine, in fact this year’s offering of Cinderella starring Duncan James (Prince Charming) and Jodie Prenger (Fairy Godmother) still provides a winning ...

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Shirley Valentine – New Theatre, Cardiff

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Holiday time is here, and with it come thoughts of jetting off to exotic climes, sunshine and wine, with maybe a touch of romance thrown in.  How timely, then, is a revival of Shirley Valentine, Willy Russell’s enduringly popular 1986 rom-com.  First written as a one-act play, it was presented on ...

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Shirley Valentine – The Lowry, Salford

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Jo Beggs By 1986, when he wrote Shirley Valentine, Willy Russell had already established himself as one of the country’s most acclaimed comic playwrights. Educating Rita had already, and fairly swiftly, made its way from the stage to the screen and Russell had proven that eighties man could speak with a powerful feminist ...

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