Tom Parker, best known for boy band The Wanted, will make his theatrical debut playing Danny Zuko in a UK tour of the original high school musical Grease.

With The Wanted taking a break the singer has been trying new things having recently competed on Channel Four’s The Jump, where he finished third and the UK version of Celebrity Masterchef where he reached the semi-finals.

The UK tour opens in Manchester in March 2017 and will play dates in Oxford, Liverpool, Southend-On-Sea, Birminghm, Southampton, Cardiff and Llandudno with further dates to be added.

The hit musical features classic songs You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Sandy and Greased Lightnin’.

The show originally opened in the West End in 1993 where it ran for six years at the Dominion and Cambridge Theatres and has since toured in the UK and internationally.

Further casting to be announced.

The production will be directed by David Gilmore (Happy Days, Footloose) and choreographed by former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips.