The Beautiful World Tour was the sixth concert tour by British pop group Take That. The show ran from 11 October to 31 December 2007 and was shown in the UK and countries all over Europe. It was a sellout tour and every date for the tour sold out in less than 40 minutes. The Beautiful World Tour garnered positive reviews from critics, and is to date their highest selling tour and one of the biggest tours in United Kingdom history. Support was provided by Sophie Ellis-Bextor who was present at all UK dates as the special guest, except the 31 December gig at The O2 Arena, which was advertised as Countdown to Midnight: Take That & Sugababes, with the Sugababes taking to the stage at 11:15 pm for 25 minutes and Take That performing for 55 minutes, from 11:50 pm. Each night a member of Take That chose an unsigned band/artist to support. The production of the show cost around £4 million. Each member of the band received £2,000,000 from the tour after tax.
Early dates of the tour included a 'dance off' routine in the middle of 'Sure'. This was a comedic section involving all four members performing various moves, including Gary making light or his infamous lack of dancing ability compared to the other three members. However Howard Donald suffered a crack rib and a collapsed lung during this section of the show in Vienna, resulting in him missing a number of European dates and performing a restricted role in others. This section of the show was therefore dropped and does not feature on the DVD release, as it was filmed in London towards the end of the tour. The incident is explained in 'The Journey' (special features on The Beautiful World concert DVD), including footage of Howard's appearances to greet the crowd at the beginning of several concerts whilst he was recovering. On one occasion he appeared on stage in a hospital gown and he turned around to flash his bare behind. On another occasion, Howard appeared on stage in drag. Bandmate Jason Orange said it '...was typically Howard to make light of a bad situation'. There were no cancellations of concert dates whilst Howard was out of action. Howard re-joined the band at the Oberhausen show.
The o2 Arena gigs on 6 and 7 December 2007 were recorded and release on a limited edition 2-disc DVD set Beautiful World Live (DVD), containing behind-the-scenes footage. A later Blu-ray was released in 2008.
The concert on 31 December 2007 leading up to a New Year's countdown with the Sugababes taking to the stage at 11:15 pm for 25 minutes and Take That performing for 55 minutes from 11:50 pm, was broadcast live on television channel ITV as "Countdown to Midnight: Take That & Sugababes".