Take That musical is fastest selling theatre tour

The UK tour of new musical The Band, featuring the music of Take That, took £2 million within two hours of the box office opening.

The musical was launched on April 2 at the Manchester Apollo, where Take That first performed in 1992, and tickets went on sale at noon on April 3. It became the fastest selling theatre tour in history.

The UK tour will begin at Manchester Opera House on September 8.

It will move on to venues in Sheffield, Bradford, Southampton, Llandudno, Stoke, Cardiff, Liverpool, Norwich, Canterbury, Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol, Birmingham, Plymouth, Northampton, Nottingham, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The musical is about growing up with a boyband, and tells how five fans of ‘the band’ from 1992 are reunited 25 years on as 40-something women.

The Band will be played by AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Yazdan Qafouri Isfahani, Curtis T Johns and Sario Watanabe-Soloman, who, as Five to Five (pictured), won BBC’s talent show Let It Shine.

Playing the parts of Rachel and Young Rachel will be Rachel Lumberg and Faye Christall respectively. Further casting is to be announced.

The Band will be produced by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers and Take That members Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams.