It has been reported that Tim Firth’s Take That-inspired musical The Band, co-produced by Take That, will transfer to Theatre Royal Haymarket from 30 November 2018.
In January this year, the show’s UK and Ireland tour was extended by six months, booking through to March 2019, but there is a break in the schedule from mid-November to mid-January.
The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye commented on Twitter that The Band would play 50 performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 1 December 2018 to 12 January 2019. On 5 December, there is also likely to be a special gala performance which, it is hoped, members of Take That will attend.
The Band had its world premiere at Manchester Opera House on 8 September 2017. 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.
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 Band is directed by Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder, designed by Jon Bausor and choreographed by Kim Gavin, with lighting design by Patrick Woodroffe, video design by Luke Halls and sound design by Terry Jardine and Nick Lidster.
The show is produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams.