Take That musical The Band moves to London's West End: all you need to know and how to get presale tickets

That That musical The Band moves to London's West End: all you need to know and how to get presale tickets

Hugely successful show that celebrates the group's pop hits is moving to the Theatre Royal Haymarket later in 2018

Take That musical The Band is moving to London's West End in 2018. The hit show will be performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for 50 performances from Sat 1 Dec 2018. Presale tickets are available from 9am on Sun 18 Mar for 24 hours only, with tickets on general sale at 9am on Mon 19 Mar.

What's it about?

The show pays tribute to the music of Take That, but its narrative takes a different strand entirely. The musical begins in the early 1990s, with a group of five friends watching their favourite boyband in concert. 25 years later, and with Take That back (for good), the friends win a competition to see them perform again at a gig in Prague. The show gives them the chance to meet their heroes and reflect on how far they've come as people and as friends.

Who's in the show?

Five to Five, winners of the BBC talent search series Let It Shine, star in the musical as the eponymous band. AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Curtis T Johns, Sario Soloman and Yazdan Qafouri were the winners of the competition in 2017, which had Amber Riley, Dannii Minogue and (appropriately) Gary Barlow as judges.

The four friends who make the trip to Prague are played by Alison Fitzjohn (Claire), Emily Joyce (Heather), Rachel Lumberg (Rachel) and Jayne McKenna (Zoe). The actors playing younger versions of the friends are Faye Christall, Katy Clayton, Rachelle Diedricks, Sarah Kate Howarth and Lauren Jacobs.

What songs are in the show?

You might have heard some of them. 'Back for Good', 'Patience', 'Never Forget', 'A Million Love Songs', 'Greatest Day', 'The Flood, 'Shine', 'Rule The World' and many more besides. Bring your singing voice along, for sure.

How long is the show running?

The Band will run for just 50 performances at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, starting on Sat 1 Dec.

How can I get presale tickets?

Presale tickets are available for a 24 period, starting 9am on Sun 18 Mar. This is your best chance to get hold of them. After that, tickets go on general sale at 9am on Mon 19 Mar.

The Band

  • Written by: Tim Firth

Brand new British musical featuring the songs of Take That, created in association with Britain’s most successful boy/man band. Written by Tim Firth The Band tells the story of five 16-year-old girls who are fans of a male pop group. Playing the boy band are Five to Five, the winners of the BBC show Let It Shine.