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Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night

The UK Tour of Tim Firth's new British musical, THE BAND, with the music of Take That, celebrated its opening night at Manchester Opera House last night, 26 September. The show runs at Manchester Opera House until 30 September and will then embark on a major UK tour. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below!

THE BAND stars Rachel Lumberg, Alison Fitzjohn, Emily Joyce and Jayne Mckenna, with AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Curtis T Johns, Yazdan Qafouri and Sario Solomon, collectively known as Five To Five, winners of BBC's Let It Shine, and Faye Christall, Katy Clayton, Rachelle Diedericks, Sarah Kate Howarth, Lauren Jacobs, Martin Miller and Andy Williams.

THE BAND is a musical about what it's like to grow up with a boyband. For five 16 year-old friends in 1992, 'the band' is everything. 25 years on, we are reunited with the group of friends, now 40-something women, as they try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes.

THE BAND is directed by Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder, designed by Jon Bausor and choreographed by Kim Gavin. It is produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen, Robbie Williams.

Photo Credit: Phil Treagus

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Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Andrew Dunn with wife Andrina Caroll

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Cherylee Houston

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Chris Bisson

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Director Jack Ryder

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Gary Barlow

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Gary Lucy (centre) and the cast of HOLLYOAKS

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Graham Norton

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Haiesha Mistry and Ruby O'Donnell

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Jayne Mckenna, Alison Fitzjohn and Emily Joyce

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Jenny McAlpine

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Louis Emerick with his wife

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Amanda Clapham and Sophie Porley

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Faye Christall and Rachel Lumberg

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Yazdan Qafouri, Curtis T Johns, AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg and Sario Solomon

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Lulu

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Mark Owen, Gary Barlow, Lulu and Howard Donald

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Nicola Thorp

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Ross King and wife Brianna Deutsch

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Sally Ann Matthews

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Sarah Kate Howarth, Lauren Jacobs, Faye Christall, Katy Clayton and Rachelle Diedericks

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Lulu

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Take That with Five To Five

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Lulu onstage at press night for THE BAND

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Lulu onstage at press night for THE BAND

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Lulu, Take That and the cast of THE BAND

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Lulu, Take That and the cast of THE BAND

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Lulu, Take That and the cast of THE BAND

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Take That onstage at the press night for THE BAND

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Take That onstage at the press night for THE BAND

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
Take That, Lulu and the cast of THE BAND

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
The cast of THE BAND during the finale on press night

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
The cast of THE BAND during the finale on press night

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
The cast of THE BAND during the finale on press night

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
The cast of THE BAND during the finale on press night

Photos: Take That, Lulu and Company Celebrate Tim Firth's New Musical THE BAND on Opening Night
The cast of THE BAND during the finale on press night


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