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Fat Friends musical in development

James Corden in ITV's Fat Friends James Corden in ITV's Fat Friends
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Popular television series Fat Friends is being developed into a stage musical by the drama’s original writer, Kay Mellor.

Mellor is also lined up to direct the production, which The Stage understands had a workshop last year starring Jane McDonald.

At the moment, it is understood that Nick Lloyd Webber, son of Andrew Lloyd Webber, has been writing music for the show.

Andrews McCabe Productions, the new venture from producers Michael McCabe and Joshua Andrews, is understood to be involved with its development.

While none of the names currently involved with the project are contractually signed to it, The Stage understands that the producers are hoping to open the musical at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Fat Friends originally ran for four series on ITV from 2000, starring Ruth Jones and James Corden.

A spokeswoman for Mellor said the writer was currently working “on several different projects which are currently just in development stages” with her own company, Rollem Productions.

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