On Monday 11 September, Take That surprised audiences of their new musical THE BAND with a special performance, during the show's finale, at the Manchester Opera House. The UK Tour of THE BAND is written by Tim Firth and features the music of Take That. The show began previews on Friday 8 September at Manchester Opera House and will open officially on 26 September. It will then embark on a major UK tour, currently booking until July 2018.

The cast of THE BAND is led by Rachel Lumberg as Rachel, Alison Fitzjohn as Claire, Emily Joyce as Heather, Jayne McKenna as Zoe, with AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Curtis T Johns, Yazdan Qafouri and Sario Solomon, collectively known as Five To Five, winners of BBC’s Let It Shine, as The Band, and Faye Christall as Young Rachel, Katy Clayton as Young Heather, Rachelle Diedericks as Debbie, Sarah Kate Howarth as Young Claire, Lauren Jacobs as Young Zoe, Martin Miller as Jeff and Andy Williams as Dave.

THE BAND is a musical about what it’s like to grow up with a boyband. For five 16 year-old friends in 1992, ‘the band’ is everything. 25 years on, we are reunited with the group of friends, now 40-something women, as they try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes.

THE BAND is directed by Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder, designed by Jon Bausor and choreographed by Kim Gavin. It is produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams.

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
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