The Band (musical)

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The Band
The Band Musical logo.png
Logo for the production
MusicTake That
LyricsTake That
BookTim Firth
BasisThe music of Take That
Premiere26 September 2017 (2017-09-26)[1]: Manchester Opera House
Productions2017 UK tour
2018 West End

The Band is a jukebox musical with music and lyrics by Take That, with a book by Tim Firth. Produced by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, it received its world premiere at the Manchester Opera House, in September 2017, before embarking on a UK and Ireland tour. It is expected to open in London's West End in December 2018. The band was cast through the 2017 BBC reality television show Let It Shine.[2]

The musical tells the story of five women who were best friends as children and all big fans of Take That. 25 years later after losing contact they all reunite to fulfill their dream of seeing the band perform. [3]

Productions[edit]

UK and Ireland tour (2017 - 2019)[edit]

The musical premiered at the Manchester Opera House on 26 September 2017 (previewing from 8 September) before touring the rest of the UK and Ireland until March 2019.[4][5]

Opening date Closing date Venue City
8 September 2017 30 September 2017 Opera House Manchester, England
3 October 2017 14 October 2017 Lyceum Theatre Sheffield, England
17 October 2017 28 October 2017 Alhambra Theatre Bradford, England
31 October 2017 11 November 2017 Mayflower Theatre Southampton, England
14 November 2017 25 November 2017 Venue Cymru Llandudno, Wales
28 November 2017 9 December 2017 Regent Theatre Stoke-on-Trent, England
9 January 2018 20 January 2018 Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff, Wales
23 January 2018 3 February 2018 Liverpool Empire Theatre Liverpool, England
6 February 2018 17 February 2018 Theatre Royal Norwich, England
20 February 2018 3 March 2018 Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, England
6 March 2018 17 March 2018 Hull New Theatre Kingston upon Hull, England
20 March 2018 31 March 2018 Grand Theatre Leeds, England
3 April 2018 14 April 2018 Theatre Royal Newcastle upon Tyne, England
17 April 2018 28 April 2018 Bristol Hippodrome Bristol, England
1 May 2018 12 May 2018 Birmingham Hippodrome Birmingham, England
15 May 2018 26 May 2018 Theatre Royal Plymouth Plymouth, England
29 May 2018 9 June 2018 Royal & Derngate Northampton, England
12 June 2018 23 June 2018 Theatre Royal Nottingham, England
26 June 2018 7 July 2018 King's Theatre Glasgow, Scotland
10 July 2018 14 July 2018 Edinburgh Playhouse Edinburgh, Scotland
19 September 2018 29 September 2018 Cliffs Pavilion Southend, England
4 October 2018 13 October 2018 His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen, Scotland
16 October 2018 20 October 2018 Lyceum Theatre Sheffield, England
23 October 2018 27 October 2018 Wimbledon Theatre Wimbledon. England
30 October 2018 3 November 2018 New Theatre Oxford, England
6 November 2018 10 November 2018 Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Dublin, Ireland
13 November 2018 24 November 2018 Grand Opera House Belfast, Northern Ireland
16 January 2019 26 January 2019 The Lowry Salford, England
29 January 2019 2 February 2019 Grand Theatre Swansea. Wales
5 February 2019 9 February 2019 Orchard Theatre Dartford, England
12 February 2019 16 February 2019 Regent Theatre Ipswich, England
19 February 2019 23 February 2019 New Victoria Theatre Woking, England
26 February 2019 2 March 2019 Grand Theatre Wolverhampton, England
5 March 2019 9 March 2019 Milton Keynes Theatre Milton Keynes, England
12 March 2019 16 March 2019 Mayflower Theatre Southampton, England

West End (2018 - 2019)[edit]

The musical will make its West End premiere at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited Christmas run from 1 December 2018 to 12 January 2019, including a gala opening on 4 December 2018 during a break in the production's UK and Ireland tour.

Cast[edit]

Character Original UK and Ireland cast
The Band AJ Bentley
Nick Carsberg
Curtis T Johns
Yazdan Qafouri
Sario Solomon
Rachel Rachel Lumberg
Heather Emily Joyce
Claire Alison Fitzjohn
Zoe Jayne McKenna
Young Rachel Faye Christall
Young Heather Katy Clayton
Young Claire Sarah Kate Howarth
Young Zoe Lauren Jacobs
Debbie Rachelle Diedericks
Jeff Martin Miller
Every Dave Andy Williams

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dates for new Take That musical The Band officially announced". whatsonstage.com. Whats On Stage. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Five To Five are crowned the winners of Let It Shine as they beat Nightfall and Drive". mirror.co.uk. Daily Mirror.
  3. ^ "The Band - Grand Opera House". Grand Opera House. Retrieved 2018-09-07.
  4. ^ King, Bob. "The Band | The new musical by Tim Firth with the music of Take That | Touring the UK in 2017/18". www.thebandmusical.com. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  5. ^ "The Band Musical Tickets". www.londonboxoffice.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-03-15.

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