Take That with Dafydd Rogers and David Pugh

The UK tour of new musical, The Band, featuring the music of the band Take That, will open at the Manchester Opera House on 8th September.

The tour is currently confirmed to run until 14th July 2018, when it will finish at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

Other confirmed venues along the circuit include the Canterbury Marlowe Theatre, the Liverpool Empire Theatre, Plymouth Theatre Royal and the Northampton Royal & Derngate.


The Band is a new musical about what it’s like to grow up following a boyband.

The musical tells the story of five 16 year-old female friends, for whom ‘the band’ is everything in 1992. Audiences will watch as, 25 years on, the friends – now 40-something women – try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes.

The band members will be played by AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Yazdan Qafouri Isfahani, Curtis T Johns and Sario Watanabe-Soloman, who, as Five to Five, won BBC’s 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.

More information about The Band

The Band is written by Tim Firth, and produced by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, and Take That members, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams.

It will be directed by Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder, and designed by Jon Bausor.

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.”

For further information visit www.thebandmusical.com.

Pictured: Howard Donald, Gary Barlow, Dafydd Rogers, David Pugh, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams. (Photo credit: Jay Brooks).