Featuring Take That’s biggest hits, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s The Band is a hugely uplifting new musical that you’ll never forget, and it comes to London's West End at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in December.
The story follows a group of five young girls in the 1990s who are obsessed with a boyband who are set to rule the world. After 25 years apart, the girls reunite in Prague to see their heartthrobs one last time in what could be the greatest day of their lives. But will their newly rediscovered friendship last; are they back for good?
Tickets for The Band, which will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 1st December 2018 to 12th January 2019, are on sale now.
Tim Firth collaborates with Gary Barlow once again following the success of their last West End musical The Girls, which ran in London at the Phoenix Theatre to great critical acclaim. The Band started life with a UK tour starring Five to Five, winners of the BBC talent series Let It Shine.
Reactions from audiences across the country have been hugely positive, with reports that the musical is the fastest-selling touring production of all-time. But that’s to be expected, a musical full of so many hits is bound to keep you up all night, including “Could It Be Magic”, “The Flood”, “Greatest Day” and “A Million Love Songs”.
It isn’t the first musical to feature songs by Take That; Never Forget opened in Cardiff in July 2007, and went on to tour the United Kingdom before landing in the West End at the Savoy Theatre in May 2008 for a 6-month run.
This brand new musical will shine a new light on the songs you already love, and have you wanting to go back time and time again. Get ready for it.
Let It Shine
BBC One broadcast a Saturday night entertainment show to discover the cast for The Band will be discovered. Much like its predecessors ‘I’d Do Anything’ and ‘Any Dream Will Do’, Let It Shine found the talent to form a five-piece band who will feature in the new musical. Charisma, showmanship and stage presence are the vital ingredients Gary Barlow and his fellow band mates, Mark Owen and Howard Donald, were be looking for in contestants.
Gary Barlow says: “Back in 1989, we were just a group of normal guys from Manchester who came together to become Take That. The secret to our success was that each of us brought something different to the group and that the five of us had real chemistry. Now with Let It Shine we're looking for people from all walks of life to form another unique group who can recreate that magic. If you think you’ve got what it takes, we want to see it!”
The television show ran for 8 weeks in 2017, and was co-hosted by Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc.
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Set in the early ‘90s, a group of five school friends are desperate to meet their heroes, dreamy pop group The Band. 25 years later, and the group descend on Prague to turn back the years for a reunion with each other, and their favourite band who are putting on a show. The Band looks at how music shapes our lives no matter how old we are, can help us through both the best and darkest of times.
Theatregoers are advised to have a little patience with this new Take That jukebox. With the blessing of the band, unlike 2007 effort Never Forget, Tim Firth tells the story of friendship and nostalgia. While it’s hard to deny the hits of Take That as a great soundtrack, The Band is let down by a story that panders to its audience.
A gala performance of Take That musical The Band is set to be held in London for the Elton John AIDS Foundation this December at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
On 4th December, the seats of the stalls at the theatre will be removed and replaced with dining tables for a black-tie dinner which will include a performance of the musical, and an appearance by Take That. Seats will also be available for the show in the circles.
The musical opens in London for a six-week West End run following a UK tour which opened in Manchester in September 2017.