Adam Kenwright is delighted to present GREATEST DAYS – The Official Take That Musical, with a book by award-winning playwright Tim Firth. The musical will embark on a major UK and Ireland tour from 5 May 2023 and will coincide with the summer 2023 release of the official movie version of this smash-hit musical, starring Aisling Bea and Jayde Adams. GREATEST DAYS celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Take That’s first ever UK number 1 single Pray.
Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen are Take That in 2022 and continue the legacy of one of the most successful band’s in British chart history, with over 45 million records sold worldwide and 12 number 1 hits in the UK. Formed as a five-piece in 1989, they enjoyed immediate success with their first two albums charting at number 2 & number 1 respectively. The third album Nobody Else confirmed their global domination, selling over six million copies and topping the charts in 11 countries. The departure of band member Robbie Williams prompted a break-up in 1996 and nine years in the wilderness before the remaining four members reunited for 2005’s The Ultimate Tour. This sparked one of the greatest comebacks in British music history with Take That going on to release three number 1 albums in just four years. Robbie’s return for 2011’s Progress saw them break UK records for the fastest-selling album of the 21st century and fastest-selling tour of all time. Williams’ second departure, along with that of Jason Orange, left the remaining three members to release III, which was certified platinum. In 2019, the band celebrated their 30th anniversary with the release of Odyssey, a greatest hits album, which reached number 1, and a UK and European stadium and arena tour.
Tim Firth is one of the UK’s most beloved award-winning writers and composers in film, television and theatre. His extensive theatre credits include the Olivier Award-winning musical Our House (West End), the UK Theatre Award-winning This is My Family (Sheffield Crucible), the MEN Award-winning Neville’s Island (Nottingham Playhouse and West End, Evening Standard & Olivier nomination) and Calendar Girls (Chichester Festival Theatre, West End) which broke all British records for a professional and amateur play, was nominated for an Olivier and won the Whatsonstage Best Comedy Award. Tim collaborated with lifelong friend Gary Barlow on Calendar Girls The Musical which had a successful run in the West End and then toured the UK and Ireland, winning a Whatsonstage Award and receiving several Olivier nominations along the way. Tim’s film credits include Calendar Girls and Kinky Boots. Recently, Tim co-created and directed Gary Barlow’s one-man show A Different Stage which has toured the UK and is currently running in the West End.
Take That said: “We are so thrilled that this new production now titled ‘Greatest Days’ is launching next year. We had an enormous amount of fun working on the original version and can’t wait to help bring this new production to over 30 cities across the UK and Ireland from May 2023.”
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 the Greatest Days of their lives.
GREATEST DAYS features more than 15 of Take That’s record-breaking songs alongside a heart-warming and hilarious story of love, loss and laughter from the award-winning writer Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Our House, Kinky Boots).
GREATEST DAYS was originally produced as The Band by David Pugh & Daffyd Rogers + Take That. The UK tour of The Band originally opened at Manchester Opera House on 8 September 2017 and closed in March 2019, breaking box office records along the way. The musical ran for a limited West End season at Theatre Royal Haymarket over Christmas in 2018/19.
2023 TOUR SCHEDULE
5 – 13 May Bromley Churchill Theatre 0343 310 0020
16 – 27 May Manchester Palace Theatre 0844 871 7615*
29 May – 3 June Newcastle Theatre Royal 0191 232 7010
5 – 10 June Woking New Victoria Theatre 0844 871 7615*
12 – 17 June Sheffield Lyceum Theatre 0114 249 6000
20 – 24 June Southend Cliffs Pavilion 0343 310 0030
www.southendtheatres.org.uk On sale 11 November
27 June – 1 July Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre 029 2063 6464
3 – 8 July Milton Keynes Theatre 0844 871 7615*
10 – 15 July Liverpool Empire Theatre 0844 871 7615*
17 – 22 July Wolverhampton Grand 01902 42 92 12
24 – 29 July Cheltenham Everyman Theatre 01242 572573
31 Jul – 5 Aug Canterbury Marlowe Theatre 01227 787787
7 – 12 Aug Norwich Theatre Royale 01603 630 000
15 – 19 Aug Blackpool Opera House 0844 770 0593
21 – 26 Aug Glasgow Kings Theatre 0333 009 6690
28 Aug – 2 Sep Edinburgh Playhouse 03330 096 690
11 – 16 Sep Bristol Hippodrome 0333 009 6690
26 – 30 Sep Southampton Mayflower Theatre 02380 711 811
9 – 14 Oct Brighton Theatre Royal 0844 871 7615*
17 – 21 Oct Truro Hall for Cornwall 01872 262 466
23 – 28 Oct Leicester Curve 0116 242 3595
7 – 11 Nov Aylesbury Waterside Theatre 0844 871 7615
14 – 18 Nov Sunderland Empire 0333 009 6690
21 – 25 Nov Leeds Grand Theatre 0113 243 0808
Further venues to be announced
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