Take That inspired musical The Band – record-breaking ticket sales as full cast revealed

Back LtoR Nick Carsberg, Sario Solomon, Yazdan Qafouri; Front LtoR Curtis T Johns, Jayne McKenna, Emily Joyce, Rachel Lumberg, Alison Fitzjohn, AJ Bentley

Back (left to right) Nick Carsberg, Sario Solomon, Yazdan Qafouri; Front (left to right) Curtis T Johns, Jayne McKenna, Emily Joyce, Rachel Lumberg, Alison Fitzjohn and AJ Bentley

Advanced sales for the UK tour of the Take That-inspired musical The Band have now hit a record breaking £10 million.

Due to launch on 8 September at the Manchester Opera House, the venue where Take That first performed in 1992, the show will play its national press night on 26 September.

Revealing details of the show’s advance box office producers David Pugh, Dafydd Rogers and Take That also confirmed full casting for the show.

Joining the previously announced TV talent show-winning boyband Five To Five (AJ Bentley, Curtis T Johns, Nick Carsberg, Sario Solomon and Yazdan Qafouri), Rachel Lumberg and Faye Christall, are: Emily Joyce, Alison Fitzjohn, Jayne McKenna, Katy Clayton, Sarah Kate Howarth, Lauren Jacobs, Rachelle Diedericks, Martin Miller and Andy Williams.

Written by Tim Firth, Gary Barlow’s writing partner in his most recent critically-acclaimed foray into musical theatre, The Girls, The Band traces the lives of five 16-year-old girls, united in their love for a 1990s boyband, who are reunited 25 years later as 40-something women trying to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes.

Featuring 14 Take That hits performed by the winners of the TV show, The Band will be directed by Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder.

The show, which will reunite Barlow and Firth with producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers (the team behind The Girls), is co-produced by Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams.

Co-director Gavin will also choreograph the production which has been designed by Jon Bausor with lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, video design by Luke Halls and sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster.

The Mamma Mia!-style musical is lined up to tour across the UK until July next year ahead of a move into an, as yet unconfirmed, West End theatre.

Following on from the Manchester Opera House premiere run (8-30 September), the tour will visit Sheffield Lyceum (4-14 October); Bradford Alhambra (17-28 October); Southampton Mayflower (31 October-11 November); Llandudno Venue Cymru (14-25 November); Stoke Regent Theatre (28 November-9 December); Cardiff Millennium Centre (9-20 January 2018); Liverpool Empire (23 January-3 February); Norwich Theatre Royal (6-17 February); Canterbury Marlowe Theatre (20 February-3 March); Hull New Theatre (6-17 March); Leeds Grand Theatre (20-31 March); Newcastle Theatre Royal (3 -14 April); Bristol Hippodrome (17-28 April); Birmingham Hippodrome (1-12 May); Plymouth Theatre Royal (15-26 May); Northampton Royal & Derngate (29 May- 9 June); Nottingham Theatre Royal (12- 23 June); Glasgow King’s Theatre (26 June- 7 July); and Edinburgh Playhouse (10-14 July).

Angela Thomas



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