The Band at The Royal & Derngate
You don't have to like Take That to enjoy this, but it may help!
I wasn’t a massive Take That fan in the ’90s, too busy being a moody indie chick, so I was quite surprised I was so up for watching The Band, a new musical with songs from the aforementioned fab five! Not so much up for it was Plus One (male) who gallantly stood in when Mini Muddy couldn’t make it. I think the words ‘saw off my leg’ and ‘I’d rather’ were mentioned. Still, the bribery of wine and foil based snacks did the trick and off we went (and by God did the reluctant theatre goer get a show).
The auditorium was as packed as I’ve ever seen it, and it seemed like a lot of the audience could relate to what it’s like to grow up with a boyband (there were more sequins and glam than on a normal theatre visit, these ladies were dressed to impress)! The story itself revolves around five 16 year-old friends in 1992 (I was 18 then), where ‘the band’ is like ‘everything’. Fast forward 25 years and we are reunited with the group, now 40-something women, as they try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes, whose music became the soundtrack to their lives.
It’s a story about love, loss and friendship, and every character has a bit of us all in there, which is possibly why it got such an amazing reaction. I laughed and cried, then cried again, much to the amusement of Plus One, who incidentally I caught mouthing the words to Rule the World, meh! Speaking of the tunes, since Take That are Britain’s most successful boyband of all time, you’d be hard pushed not to know at least a couple of the songs including Never Forget, Back for Good, A Million Love Songs, Greatest Day, The Flood, Relight My Fire and Shine! Written by award-winning writer Tim Firth, The Band really is one of THE MOST feel good theatrical productions I’ve been to see.
You may recognise a couple of the producers names including a certain Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams, who 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.”
And it looks like it has, as The Band has now become one of the most successful musical theatre tours ever and takes to our very own Derngate stage until Saturday 9 June. I suggest you slap on your lippie, grab some friends and go and dance your socks off. There’s some none too shabby muscles on show too, not that I was looking mind!
Tickets are priced from £19.50 to £49.50* and can be booked by calling Box Office on 01604 624811 or online at www.royalandderngate.co.uk.
* A charge of £3 applies for all transactions £15 and over. Does not apply to Groups, Friends or Disabled Patrons, and is per-transaction, not per-ticket.
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