Sam Bailey to star in Fat Friends - The Musical

Fans of Sam will know that as well as singing, she has a huge passion for theatre. Many will remember that in 2016 she played Mama Morton in the hit theatre show Chicago as the production toured around the UK. Sam was sure that when the final curtain was drawn on Chicago, she would soon be back on stage in another theatre show!

Although she was extremely busy on her Sing My Heart Out tour, she still found the time to audition for a brand-new theatre show that will be hitting the stage in 2018 – and of course her enthusiasm for theatre came across and she got the part!

Fat Friends - The Musical is based on the ITV show Fat Friends which was aired between 2000 and 2005. The premise of the new musical will follow the same lines of the television programme – a group of hilarious characters who all participate in a slimming club in Leeds.

Sam will be stepping into the role of Betty Simpson and will star alongside Scottish actress and comedian Elaine C Smith as well as actress and singer Jodie Prenger. Sam said of her involvement with the musical; “I’m absolutely delighted to have been cast as Betty in Fat Friends – The Musical. I loved the show when it was on ITV and I feel so honoured to be working with such a talented group of people. I know I am going to learn so much from Kay and Nicholas and I can’t wait to start rehearsals.”

The show is directed by the BAFTA and multi-award-winning Kay Miller while Nicholas Lloyd Webber will be responsible for the original music.

The Musical will open at Leeds Grand Theatre in November before embarking on an extensive tour of the UK, visiting locations including: Bromley, Newcastle, Hull, Southampton, Sheffield, Southend, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Dartford, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Glasgow, Bradford, Aberdeen and Blackpool.

Tickets are on sale now! Click below to find your nearest Fat Friends - The Musical show…

Tue 7 Nov – Sat 2 Dec
LEEDS Grand Theatre
0844 848 2700
ON SALE

Tue 16 – Sat 20 Jan
BROMLEY Churchill Theatre
020 3285 6000
ON SALE SOON

Tue 23 – Sat 27 Jan
NEWCASTLE Theatre Royal
0844 811 2121
ON SALE 3 JUL

Mon 29 Jan – Sat 3 Feb
HULL New Theatre 
01482 300 300
ON SALE 26 MAY

Mon 5 – Sat 10 Feb
SOUTHAMPTON Mayflower Theatre
02380 711811
ON SALE

Mon 12 – Sat 17 Feb
SHEFFIELD Lyceum
0114 249 6000
ON SALE SOON

Mon 19 – Sat 24 Feb
SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion
01702 351135
ON SALE 31 MAY

Mon 5 – Sat 10 Mar
MILTON KEYNES Theatre
0844 871 7652
ON SALE 26 MAY

Mon 12 – Sat 17 Mar
NORWICH Theatre Royal
01603 630000
ON SALE 21 AUG

Mon 19 – Sat 24 Mar
MANCHESTER Opera House
0844 871 3018
ON SALE

Mon 26 – Sat 31 Mar
NOTTINGHAM Theatre Royal
0115 989 5555
ON SALE 25 May

Tue 3 – Sat 7 Apr
BIRMINGHAM New Alexandra Theatre
0844 871 3011
ON SALE 26 May

Mon 9 – Sat 14 Apr   DARTFORD Orchard Theatre 01322 220000 ON SALE SOON

Thu 19 – Sun 21 Apr
EDINBURGH Playhouse
0844 871 3014
ON SALE 26 MAY

Tue 24 – Sat 28 Apr
CARDIFF Wales Millennium Centre
029 2063 6464
ON SALE 12 JUNE

Mon 30 Apr – Sat 5 May
GLASGOW Kings Theatre
0844 871 7648
ON SALE