Cricket star to make his stage debut at Leeds Grand Theatre

CAREER CHANGE: Andrew Flintoff will make his on-stage debut at Leeds Grand Theatre this year.
CAREER CHANGE: Andrew Flintoff will make his on-stage debut at Leeds Grand Theatre this year.
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He is recognised as one of the nation’s most talented cricket all-rounders to pull on the England shirt.

But sporting legend Andrew Flintoff has announced he will mark his musical debut in Leeds this year, after swapping the cricket pitch for the stage.

The former England cricket captain and star of Sky’s League of Their Own TV show, will join an all-star cast for the world premiere of Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends.

And the musical’s first showing will be held at Leeds Grand Theatre in November.

“I am really excited to be starring in Fat Friends - The Musical at Leeds Grand Theatre in November and at some other great venues around the UK in 2018,” said the all-rounder, who is affectionately known as ‘Freddie’.

“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.

“Fat Friends - The Musical, is going to give people a great night out. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Flintoff will portray Kevin Chadwick alongside Jodie Prenger, who plays his fiancee, Kelly.

Singer and former X-Factor winner Sam Bailey will also feature in the show and the remainder of the cast is yet to be announced.

One of the world’s most recognised cricket stars, Flintoff won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 2005 after playing a pivotal role in regaining the Ashes from Australia.

After retiring from the sport in 2010, the 39-year-old also famously took part in a professional boxing match two years later, beating fighter Richard Dawson. Flintoff climbed off the canvas and eventually edged the tie on points in his heavyweight debut.

His musical runs at Leeds Grand Theatre from November 7 to December 2 and ticket prices start at £20.

To book, visit or call the box office on 0844 848 2700.

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