It was inevitable a massive brand like Take That would eventually create a musical and The Band’s UK tour kicks off at Manchester Opera House on 8 September hitting Leeds Grand Theatre in March 2018.

Producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers and Take That announced Tim Firth’s new musical - featuring the music of Take That - on stage at the Manchester Apollo where the pop veterans first performed in 1992.

The launch event included a rehearsed reading of the new musical in front of an audience of invited guests from fans to friends.

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 less about Gary, Robbie and the other three, but what it’s like to grow up obsessed by a boy band.  For five 16 year-old friends in 1992 ‘the band’ is everything, and 25 years on they are reunited as group of 40-something women as they try to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes.

The Band will be played by Leeds’ own Curtis T Johns, AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Yazdan Qafouri Isfahani 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, with more casting to be announced.

The Band is at Leeds Grand Theatre as part of their extensive UK tour from Tuesday 20th March 2018 to Saturday 31st March 2018.

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