Images have been released offering a first look at Take That and Tim Firth's new musical, The Band, which opens in Manchester this week.

The show features the music of Take That and is set across the last 25 years, charting the lives of five 16 year-olds, united by their obsession with their favourite boyband and their desire to meet their heroes.

It stars Five to Five, the band who won BBC's Let it Shine and will tour across the UK throughout 2018 following its current run at Manchester Opera House.

Directed by Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder, the cast is completed by Rachel Lumberg, Alison Fitzjohn, Emily Joyce, Jayne McKenna, Faye Christall, Katy Clayton, Rachelle Diedericks, Sarah Kate Howarth, Lauren Jacobs, Martin Miller and Andy Williams.

The Band runs at Manchester Opera House until 30 September, before commencing a UK tour.

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