Take That backs The Band musical UK tour

The Band – AJ Bentley, Yasdan Qafouri, Sario Watanabe-Soloman, Nick Carsberg & Curtis T Johns. Images Jay Brooks

The UK Tour of Tim Firth’s new musical, The Band, with the music of Take That, will have a major UK Tour, beginning at Manchester Opera House in September, it has been announced.

David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Take That made the announcement yesterday on stage at the Manchester Apollo, where Take That first performed in 1992, following a rapturous reception to a rehearsed reading of the new musical in front of an audience of invited guests.

Take That said: “We are incredibly proud and excited that our first production as theatre producers is The Band – a musical that we think will touch the hearts of not just our fans, but everyone.”

The Band is a new musical about what it’s like to grow up with a boyband. For five 16 year-old friends in 1992, ‘the band’ is everything. Twenty-five years on, the group of friends are reunited, now 40-something women, as they try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes.

The Band will be played by AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Yazdan Qafouri Isfahani, Curtis T Johns and Sario Watanabe-Soloman, who, as Five to Five, won BBC’s Let It Shine.

Playing the parts of Rachel and Young Rachel will be Rachel Lumberg and Faye Christall respectively.

TOUR SCHEDULE

Manchester Opera House, 8 September 2017 – 30 September 2017
Sheffield Lyceum Theatre, 4 October 2017 – 14 October 2017
Bradford Alhambra Theatre, 17 October 2017 – 28 October 2017
Southampton Mayflower Theatre, 31 October 2017 – 11 November 2017
Llandudno Venue Cymru, 14 November 2017 – 25 November 2017
Stoke Regent Theatre, 28 November 2017 – 9 December 2017
Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre, 9 January 2018 – 20 January 2018
Liverpool Empire Theatre, 23 January 2018 – 3 February 2018
Norwich Theatre Royal, 6 February 2018 – 17 February 2018
Canterbury Marlowe Theatre, 20 February 2018 – 3 March 2018
Hull New Theatre, 6 March 2018 – 17 March 2018
Leeds Grand Theatre, 20 March 2018 – 31 March 2018
Newcastle Theatre Royal, 3 April 2018 – 14 April 2018
Bristol Hippodrome, 17 April 2018 – 28 April 2018
Birmingham Hippodrome, 1 May 2018 – 12 May 2018
Plymouth Theatre Royal, 15 May 2018 – 26 May 2018
Northampton Royal & Derngate, 29 May 2018 – 9 June 2018
Nottingham Theatre Royal, 12 June 2018 – 23 June 2018
Glasgow King’s Theatre, 26 June 2018 – 7 July 2018
Edinburgh Playhouse, 10 July 2018 – 14 July 2018.