Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new musical has proved box office gold with advance tickets sales for national tour of ‘The Band’ reaching £10 million.

The new musical is based on a group of girls who meet up 25 years later and try to fulfil their child-hood dream of meeting 90s boy band Take That. The musical features new songs and Take That’s back catolouge.

The national tour will open on 8 September 2017 in Manchester and play dates 19 further dates, finishing in Edinburgh on 14 July 2018.

Casting for the production includes previously announced AJ Bentley, Nick Carsberg, Curtis T Johns, Yazdan Qafouri and Sario Solomon, collectively known as 5 to 5, winners of BBC’s Let It Shine, who will play The Band, Rachel Lumberg, Faye Christall, Emily Joyce, Alison Fitzjohn, Jayne McKenna, Katy Clayton, Sarah Kate Howarth, Lauren Jacobs, Rachelle Diedericks, Martin Miller and Andy Williams.

No announcement has been made of a West End season as yet.

Barlow and Firth’s current West End production ‘The Girls’ has recently announced it would close after only six months at the Phoenix Theatre.