The Band Tickets

Theatre Royal Haymarket Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
Performance Timings
Monday - 19:30
Tuesday - 19:30
Wednesday 19:30 19:30
Thursday - 19:30
Friday - 19:30
Saturday 15:00 19:30
Sunday - -
Show Info

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Featuring Take That’s biggest hits, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s The Band is a hugely uplifting new musical that you’ll never forget, and it comes to London's West End at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in December.

The story follows a group of five young girls in the 1990s who are obsessed with a boyband who are set to rule the world. After 25 years apart, the girls reunite in Prague to see their heartthrobs one last time in what could be the greatest day of their lives. But will their newly rediscovered friendship last; are they back for good?

Tim Firth collaborates with Gary Barlow once again following the success of their last West End musical The Girls, which ran in London at the Phoenix Theatre to great critical acclaim. The Band started life with a UK tour starring Five to Five, winners of the BBC talent series Let It Shine.

Reactions from audiences across the country have been hugely positive, with reports that the musical is the fastest-selling touring production of all-time. But that’s to be expected, a musical full of so many hits is bound to keep you up all night, including “Could It Be Magic”, “The Flood”, “Greatest Day” and “A Million Love Songs”.

It isn’t the first musical to feature songs by Take That; Never Forget opened in Cardiff in July 2007, and went on to tour the United Kingdom before landing in the West End at the Savoy Theatre in May 2008 for a 6-month run.

This brand new musical will shine a new light on the songs you already love, and have you wanting to go back time and time again. Get ready for it.

Let It Shine

BBC One broadcast a Saturday night entertainment show to discover the cast for The Band will be discovered. Much like its predecessors ‘I’d Do Anything’ and ‘Any Dream Will Do’, Let It Shine found the talent to form a five-piece band who will feature in the new musical. Charisma, showmanship and stage presence are the vital ingredients Gary Barlow and his fellow band mates, Mark Owen and Howard Donald, were be looking for in contestants.

Gary Barlow says: “Back in 1989, we were just a group of normal guys from Manchester who came together to become Take That. The secret to our success was that each of us brought something different to the group and that the five of us had real chemistry. Now with Let It Shine we're looking for people from all walks of life to form another unique group who can recreate that magic. If you think you’ve got what it takes, we want to see it!”
The television show ran for 8 weeks in 2017, and was co-hosted by Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc.


The Band Synopsis

It’s 1993, and we meet a group of 16-year-old school friends united by their love for ‘The Band’. Following a traumatic event that changes each of their lives, the group is torn apart.

25 years later, after winning the chance to see their favourite singers in Prague, the group are reunited. What follows is a rollercoaster of emotions that will stay with you long after the performance ends.


Latest The Band News & Features

The Take That musical The Band is headed for London’s West End, with a run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket confirmed for the Christmas period.

While there’s bound to be excitement among Take That fans, many have already been able to see the show as part of its UK tour, including some of the country’s theatre critics. So what do they think?

Well, the reviews have mostly been positive, with many local papers across the country giving the musical favourable write-ups. In her four-star review for the Liverpool Echo, Lorna Hughes said “it's all delivered with so much heart and genuine warmth that it's impossible not to get swept up” in the relationships between the group of four friends reunited after a competition win sees them fly to Prague to meet their pop idols.

Dianne Bourne was similarly complimentary about the show in the Manchester Evening News, a personal highlight for her being a staging of “Greatest Day” that is “so impressive you wouldn’t bet against Take That nabbing it for their next stadium tour”.

The Guardian’s Peter Robinson praised the mix between the show’s story and soundtrack, saying “When plot and pop do align, it’s remarkable.” His four star review hails the show “a warmly articulated, exciting and funny celebration of what it is to be a music fan”.

In The Stage, critic Mark Shenton likened the show to a “pop music version of Follies” as the story’s characters reflect on the people they once were. His four-star review highlights the feel-good factor of being an audience member at The Band: “Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder’s production has the audience joining in, waving their hands – or their lit mobile phones – along with the songs”.

And in a sparkling five-star review for Gay Times, William J Connolly called the show a “thrilling new musical that champions the power and solidarity of female friendship”.

The critics seem to have reached a consensus on The Band so far, and we’re sure there’ll be plenty more in agreement when the musical hits the West End in December this year.

The Band is at Theatre Royal Haymarket from 1st December 2018 to 12th January 2019.

Important information

Running time
2 hours and 20 mins
Booking Until
Sat, 12 January 2019
Cast

The Band Cast

By: Tim Firth
Producer: David Pugh Ltd.
Director: Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder
Songs by: Take That
Lighting: Patrick Woodroffe
Design: Jon Bausor

Other info: Video designer: Luke Halls


Cast List 

The cast includes AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Curtis T Johns, Yazdan Qafouri, Sario Solomon, Rachel Lumberg, Alison Fitzjohn, Emily Joyce and Jayne McKenna.
Reviews

The Band Critics & Reviews

The Guardian ****


The Band review – Take That musical is perfect alignment of pop and poignancy

Avoiding crowbarred hits in favour of an affecting story of intergenerational pop fandom, this clever jukebox musical is full of fun and intimate detail Jukebox musicals can make or lose a lot of money: for every Abba with a Mamma Mia! there’s a Spice Girls with Viva Forever! But if Gary Barlow is hoping his own exclamation mark-eschewing entry into that market will become Take That’s most elaborate tax write-off yet, he may be in for a disappointment: while not exactly David Bowie’s Lazarus (for a start there are some decent jokes), The Band is a warmly articulated, exciting and funny celebration of what it is to be a music fan.

The Band is not the story of Take That. Surprisingly, given the high profile BBC talent show responsible for casting this musical’s five male singers and dancers, nor is it even the tale of the Take That-esque boyband who weave in and out of this show’s story and, at times, literally burst out of the scenery. Instead, set between two arena concerts 25 years apart, it’s the story of five teenage girls, how four of them grow older, and how pop music defines our lives whether we like it or not. It’s fitting that The Band should begin its run in Take That’s home town, with all five TT mums in tonight’s audience, but when the show’s teenage girls unexpectedly face tragedy after the end of an arena show by their favourite act, it’s hard to escape the poignancy of this musical’s Manchester setting.

The story’s lead characters won’t astonish anyone who’s encountered Shirley Valentine or Muriel’s Wedding, and in less sensitive hands this could have been a messy attempt at mansplaining fandom. But Tim Firth’s writing radiates warmth, and beyond grandly staged set-pieces there’s also a strong, likable attention to detail: early on we see a box of breakfast cereal styled on Take That’s real Kellogg’s Corn Pops promotion from the early 1990s, and later the boyband subtly recreate the sleeve of Progress, a more recent Take That album.

Shows like this are notorious for crowbarring in hits on the most tenuous plot points. The Band’s premise – that pop is all around us, and sometimes makes sense in unexpected ways – allows Tim Firth to leave his crowbar at home and have some fun. During an intense post-gig bonding session high above the lights of Manchester, the teenage friends decide only one thing can make the moment more perfect. “Let’s sing a song from the gig,” suggests one. “Have the boys got a song that’s right for moments like this?” ponders another. The third is rather blunt: “No.”

When plot and pop do align, it’s remarkable. Back for Good is performed as a duet between 90s kids and their fully grown 2017 selves, with teenagers apologising for whatever they said and did, and adults telling their younger selves that they want them back. Top of the Pops is referenced several times, while mention of Smash Hits prompts a small cheer from the audience, but pleasingly The Band swerves the temptation to wallow in all-out nostalgia, ending with several smart callbacks and the tying together of apparently peripheral plot points, and the sense that actually the next 25 years might be all right too. And more than being a love letter to a particular pop era, The Band really feels like a thank you letter to fans. “We were girls of 16,” one character reminisces in act two. “We were fantastic. And we still are.”

Press night climaxes with the unexpected arrival of the actual Take That, who bang through Relight My Fire with Lulu, but the pivotal moment has come 10 minutes earlier, when an MC breaks the fourth wall and encourages tonight’s audience to get involved. Don’t worry about stealing the show, we’re told: “It was your show all along”.


By : Peter Robinson

Ref Link : The Guardian
Venue Info

Theatre Royal Haymarket

Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT

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Theatre Royal Haymarket

Address:  8 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
Capacity: 888

Built in 1720. Re-built in 1820 by John Nash.

The Theatre Royal Haymarket, known originally as ‘The Little Theatre in the Hay’, is a Grade I listed building situated in the heart of the West End. Designed and constructed by John Potter in 1720 it is one of Britain’s most treasured theatres. The theatre seats 893 patrons and is the third oldest London Playhouse still in use. 

Today the Haymarket strives to produce memorable theatrical experiences for audiences from around the world. Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions was set up in 2007 and has since produced some of the theatre’s most successful productions including Waiting for Godot and Flare Path. The seasons, led by artistic directors, Jonathan Kent, Sean Mathias and Sir Trevor Nunn, has seen performances from Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Eileen Atkins, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sienna Millar, Sheridan Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Joanna Lumley and Robert Lindsay to name but a few.

Encouraging the next generation of theatre makers has been paramount to the continued expansion of the Haymarket and in 1998 the theatre’s Chairman, Arnold M. Crook, set up The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust to offer young people exceptional creative opportunities and experiences with leaders of the theatre industry. Masterclass has broadened it spectrum in the past year with the introduction of the Bravo 22 Company, a project that used theatre as a tool to aid rehabilitation for wounded, injured and sick service men and women, culminating in the play The Two Worlds of Charlie F. After two sell out shows in January 2012, The Two Worlds of Charlie F. secured funding for a tour of the country and went on to win the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2012. It is a project we are immensely proud of. 


Seating

The auditorium has four levels - Stalls, Royal Circle, Upper Circle and Gallery.

The seating in the Stalls is very good, particularly as the overhang of the Dress Circle only really affects the view from Row V onwards. Of note, the narrowing of the auditorium towards the stage does affect the view of the outermost seats in Row H onwards.

The Royal Circle offers excellent view of the stage – the overhang of the Upper Circle doesn’t affect the view from any seat.

Seats in the Upper Circle curve towards the stage at the sides, and do not offer great legroom but views are pretty good for the price on offer.

The Gallery feels far from the stage, and the legroom available here is problematic.


Facilities At Theatre Royal Haymarket 

Seat plan: Theatre Royal Haymarket Seat Plan
Facilities:  Air conditioned
Bar
Disabled toilets
Infrared hearing loop
Toilets
Wheelchair accessible


Access description: 
Main entrance up three 15cm steps (staircases have handrails on both sides and are highlighted) through a set of double swing doors. Box Office counter to the right of the entrance. 18 steps down from the foyer to the Stalls, 28 steps up to the Royal Circle, and 60+ steps up to the Upper Circle and Gallery, through a separate entrance to the right of the main entrance. 4 steps in to each box.

Sound Amplification: Sennheiser infra-red system with 20 headsets.

Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are not allowed into the auditorium but up to 6 can be looked after in the manager’s office.

Disabled Access: No steps to the auditorium through EXIT doors to the left and righthand side of the main entrance – please tell the Box Office in advance and they will be opened for you. 1 space for a wheelchair user at X18. The venue is suitable for scooters. Transfer seating available to any aisle seat for 1 scooter and 4 wheelchairs. The theatre can store 1 scooter and 4 wheelchairs per performance.

Toilets: Women’s and men’s are down 11 steps from the foyer and at Royal Circle and Upper Circle level.

Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet at Stalls entrance on street level


Nearest tube:   Piccadilly Circus
Tube lines: Bakerloo, Piccadilly
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Haymarket) 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 19, 23, 38, 53, 88, 139, 159
Night bus numbers: (Haymarket) 6, 12, 23, 88, 139, 453, N8, N19, N38, N97, N3, N13, N15, N136, N159
Car park: Leicester Square, Whitcomb Street (2mins)
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: (5mins) Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approx. 200 metres along.

Photos

The Band Photo Gallery