Take That’s musical The Band‘s West End season announced with rooftop performance in London today.
Take That, co-producers of the new musical The Band, joined the show’s cast to perform on the roof of the Theatre Royal Haymarket at 1pm today, Monday 19 March, to launch the six-week West End run of the musical at the theatre this Christmas, from 1 December 2018 to 12 January 2019.
Tim Firth’s award-winning new musical The Band, with the music of Take That, opened at Manchester Opera House on 8 September 2017 to huge critical acclaim and has broken box office records around the UK.
The Band is a new musical about what it’s like to grow up with a boyband. For five 16-year-old friends in 1992, ‘The band’ is everything. 25 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, 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.
David Pugh said of the West End transfer, “Our co-producers, Gary, Howard, Mark and Robbie, are totally chuffed that London’s glittering West End will see this award-winning production at the historic Theatre Royal Haymarket this Christmas season.”
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 Band is produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams.
The Band runs at Theatre Royal Haymarket 1 December 2018 – 12 January 2019, then tours. Tickets are available online at www.thebandmusical.com
Fraser MacDonald | Image: Dave J Hogan