Let it shine! Take That musical is coming to Hampshire

Take That stars Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald at Manchester Apollo for the launch of their new musical, The Band.
Take That stars Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald at Manchester Apollo for the launch of their new musical, The Band.

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A new musical based on the music of Take That will be coming to Hampshire later this year.

The Band, which will feature the winning boy band from BBC talent show Let It Shine, will begin its UK tour at the Manchester Opera House later this year.

Take That and the cast of their musical, The Band, including TV talent show winners, Five to Five.

Take That and the cast of their musical, The Band, including TV talent show winners, Five to Five.

It will be shown at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton between October 31 and November 11.

The show follows a group of teenage girls growing up in 1992 as devoted fans of a boyband and revisits them 25 years later when they are 40-something women who try to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes.

It was written by Tim Firth and will be produced by Take That stars Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams, as well as David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers.

But unfortunately for fans, the stars will not be appearing in the musical.

Take That's Mark Owen, left, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald have a laugh at their musical The Band press conference with cast members Rachel Lumberg and Faye Christall, right

Take That's Mark Owen, left, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald have a laugh at their musical The Band press conference with cast members Rachel Lumberg and Faye Christall, right

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.’

Owen said the girls the show features are an homage to the fans they met when Take That was starting out.

He said: “We met those kids when they were 16 years old, when they were outside our houses and outside our gigs and screaming and we’ve seen them grow up. And that is the story, to be honest, of Take That.”

The band will be played by AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Yazdan Qafouri Isfahani, Curtis T Johns and Sario Watanabe-Solomon, who won Let It Shine as group Five To Five.

The show will also travel to Manchester, Sheffield, Bradford Llandudno, Stoke-on-Trent, Cardiff, Liverpool, Norwich, Canterbury, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol, Birmingham, Plymouth, Northampton, Nottingham and Glasgow before concluding at the Edinburgh Playhouse in July 2018.

Tickets go on sale from midday. Click here to book.