London - England
cricketing great Andrew Flintoff is to try his hand at a different type
of live performance - starring in a musical it was revealed on
The 39-year-old former England skipper - who played 79 Tests and was
man of the series in the epic English success in the 2005 Ashes series
- is taking the lead role of Kevin Chadwick in 'Fat Friends' on a tour
The curtain will go up on the show - which was originally a hit TV
show written by award winning writer Kay Mellor - in Leeds, Yorkshire,
Flintoff - who is affectionately known as 'Freddie' - has also
appeared in Mellor's TV drama 'Love, Lies and Records' due to screen on
"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," said Flintoff.
"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."
For Mellor, there were no second thoughts about casting Flintoff.
"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," she said.
"Then, as we were talking through Fat Friends - The Musical, I wondered if Freddie could sing.
"I am thrilled and delighted that Freddie is able to join us for our
run at Leeds and part of the tour as well... I can't wait to start working
with the super talented cast we've got so far."