Kym Marsh and her daughter Emilie Cunliffe will star as Rachel and Young Rachel respectively in the official Take That musical, Greatest Days.
Embarking on a major UK and Ireland tour from 6th May, the musical celebrates the 30th anniversary of Take That’s first ever UK number 1 single Pray. It also coincides with the official movie version of the musical which is being released this summer starring Aisling Bea and Jayde Adams.
Greatest Days features more than 15 Take That songs alongside a story of love, loss and laughter from the award-winning writer Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots). The musical follows a group of five best friends in the 1990s who are obsessed with their favourite boy band. The girls then reunite more than 20 years later with a plan to see their heartthrobs one last time in what could be one of the Greatest Days of their lives.
Actress, presenter and singer Kym Marsh arrived on our screens back in 2000 while appearing on the reality TV show, Popstars. She went on to win a place in the band Hear’Say. During her time in the band, Kym achieved two UK number one singles and a number one album before leaving in 2002 to pursue a successful career as a solo artist. She went on to star in London’s West End, playing the role of Annette in the critically acclaimed musical, Saturday Night Fever.
She has had numerous TV appearances including the role of Michelle Connor in ITV’s Coronation Street, a part she played for almost 14 years as well as BBC One’s Waterloo Road. She is also a weekly presenter on daytime TV show Morning Live on BBC One and made it to the quarter final of Strictly Come Dancing with professional partner Graziano Di Prima in 2022.
Her daughter Emilie Cunliffe has appeared on BBC One’s The Voice and ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent and recently finished recording her debut album which will be released later this year.
Speaking about the role and working with her daughter, Kym said: “I’m delighted to be returning to theatre and joining the cast of Greatest Days. I was in my early twenties when Take That were at the height of their fame and, of course, I was a huge Take That fan – who wasn’t?
“Their music takes me back to so many special times in my life as it will for so many other people. I’m thrilled to be working with my daughter, Emilie, too. She’s a real talent and I can’t wait to share the stage with her. Greatest Days is a wonderful, uplifting show with iconic music, a great storyline and I know people will love it.”
Greatest Days was originally produced as The Band by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Take That. The UK tour of The Band originally opened at Manchester Opera House in September 2017, breaking box office records along the way.
The new tour opens at Bromley Churchill Theatre on 6th May visiting theatres in Newcastle, Southend, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Glasgow, Brighton, Aylesbury and Leeds among others.
For more information and details of how to book tickets visit greatestdaysmusical.com
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