All that ‘patience’ pays off as Take That musical The Band heads to the West End for short but sweet run

16 Mar
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Press Releases
Matt Crockett

Could it be magic? Looks like it, as Tim Firth’s Take That-inspired musical The Band looks set to transfer to London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket from December 2018.

It wasn’t long ago that the musical’s UK and Ireland tour was extended by six months, but we’ve spotted a break in the schedule from mid-November to mid-January. Plus, The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye commented on Twitter that The Band was set to play 50 performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 1 December 2018 to 12 January 2019 (with a gala on 5 December 2018 which members of Take That might just attend).

What is it like to grow up with a boyband? For five 16-year-old friends in 1992, ‘the band’ is everything. Twenty-five 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 musical stars Rachel Lumberg as Rachel, Alison Fitzjohn as Claire, Emily Joyce as Heather, Jayne McKenna as Zoe, 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, 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, directed by Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder, had its world premiere at Manchester Opera House on 8 September 2017.

Tickets will be on sale via StageFaves from 9am on Sunday 18 March (24-hour pre-sale)