Let The Band Shine

April 3, 2017 | By More

Take That musical to wind up at Playhouse

The Band, the new musical written by Tim Firth and featuring the music of Take That as performed by the winners of Let It Shine, is to play the Edinburgh Playhouse.

Rachel Lumberg, who toured with The Full Monty, has been announced in the role of Rachel, with Faye Christall as her younger self. The UK tour kicks off in Manchester in September 2017 and ends up at the Edinburgh Playhouse in June 2018.

Gary Barlow, Mark Owen & Howard Donald at The Band launch. Pic: Matt Crockett

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.”

The Band is a new musical about what it’s like to grow up with a boyband. For five 16 year-old pals in 1992, “the band” is everything. Now, 25 years on, they are 40-something women and trying, once more, to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes.

The Band itself will be played by AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Yazdan Qafouri Isfahani, Curtis T Johns and Sario Watanabe-Soloman, who won the BBC’s Let It Shine competition as Five to Five. Further casting beyond the two Rachels is to be announced.

Sario, Nick, Curtis (seated), AJ & Yazdan (The Band) at The Band launch Gary Barlow, Mark Owen & Howard Donald at The Band launch. Pic: Matt Crockett

The Band will be 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.

Listings & Links

The Band
Edinburgh Playhouse, 18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA.
Tuesday 10 – Saturday 14 June 2018.
Tue-Thurs & Sat: 7.30pm, Fri: 5pm & 8.30pm; Matinees: Weds, Sat: 2.30pm.
Tickets and booking details: http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/the-band/edinburgh-playhouse/

Tour Website: www.thebandmusical.com
Twitter: @TheBandMusical
Facebook: TheBandMusical

The Band on tour:
8 – 30 Sept 2017 Manchester
Opera House
0844 871 3018 Book online
4 – 14 Oct 2017 Sheffield
Lyceum Theatre
0114 249 6000 Book online
17 – 28 Oct 2017 Bradford
Alhambra
01274 432 000 Book online
31 Oct – 11 Nov 2017 Southampton
The Mayflower Theatre
02380 711811 Book online
14 – 25 Nov 2017 Llandudno
Venue Cymru
01492 872000 Book online
28 Nov – 9 Dec 2017 Stoke-on-Trent
Regent Theatre
0844 871 7649 Book online
9 – 20 Jan 2018 Cardiff
Wales Millennium Centre
029 2063 6464 Book online
23 Jan – 3 Feb 2018 Liverpool
Empire
08448 713 017 Book online
6 – 17 Feb 2018 Norwich
Theatre Royal
01603 63 00 00 Book online
20 Feb – 3 March 2018 Canterbury
The Marlowe Theatre
01227 787787 Book online
6 – 17 March 2018 Hull
New Theatre
01482 300 300 Book online
20 – 31 March 2018 Leeds
Grand Theatre
0844 848 2700 Book online
3 – 14 April 2018 Newcastle
Theatre Royal
08448 11 21 21 Book online
17 – 28 April 2018 Bristol
Hippodrome
0844 871 3012 Book online
1 – 12 May 2018 Birmingham
Hippodrome
0844 338 5000 Book online
15 – 26 May 2018 Plymouth
Theatre Royal
01752 230440 Book online
29 May – 9 June 2018 Northampton
Royal & Derngate
01604 624 811 Book online
12 – 23 June 2018 Nottingham
Theatre Royal
0115 989 5555 Book online
26 June – 7 July 2018 Glasgow
King’s Theatre
0844 871 7648 Book online
10 – 14 July 2018 Edinburgh
Playhouse
0844 871 3014 Book online

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