Review, Take That’s, Greatest Days, Manchester

Every now and then you see a show that gets under your skin a little bit. I adore the theatre, love almost everything I see for different reasons. However last night Take That’s, Greatest Days, at the palace theatre Manchester was different. Not only was a wonderful feel good show, that also had the ability to reduce me to tears several times. But it really got under my skin, as I could relate to the story and the characters.

Review of Take Thats The Greatest Days, Regan Gascoigne, Kalifa Burton, Archie Durrant, Jamie Corner & Alexanda O'Reilly in GREATEST DAYS, credit Alastair Muir

A Little Bit About The Greatest Days

Greatest Days is a musical set to the music of Take That, and based on a book by Tim Firth. Originally playing under the title The Band, premiering at the Manchester Opera House, in September 2017. The musical tells the story of five friends who come of age in the 1990s and are inspired by Take That’s music. The show features many of Take That’s greatest hits, including “Pray,” “Back for Good,” and “Relight My Fire.”

The musical was a critical and commercial success, and it has been touring the UK and Ireland since 2018. In 2023, adapted into a feature film, which premiers soon, set in a our local village of Clitheroe.

Take That’s, Greatest Days is a feel-good musical that celebrates the power of music and friendship. But also takes you right back to all those dreams and wishes for the future and how bands and the power of music are such a huge part of growing up.

LtoR Hannah Brown, Mary Moore, Emilie Cunliffe, Kitty Harris & Mari McGinlay in GREATEST DAYS, credit Alastair Muir

What Is Take That’s, Greatest Days About?

Set in the 1990s, the Greatest Days follows the story of five friends: Heather, Zoe, Claire, Rachel, and Debbie. All typical teenagers, with stuff going on at home, with hopes and dreams for the future. The friends are all fans of A Boy Band, this love brings them together.

Debbie wins tickets to see the band and the girls set off to enjoy one of the greatest day of their lives. They set a pact to rejoin at this exact moment in 25 years to share how their lives have panned out. Then the worst happens and life is never the same again.

The Greatest Days Review Manchester LtoR Kym Marsh as Rachel & Emilie Cunliffe as Young Rachel in GREATEST DAYS, credit Alastair Muir

My Review Of Take That’s, Greatest Days

As mentioned earlier, the Greatest Days totally got into my head. We have all been that teenager with hopes and dreams, and all had THAT BAND that got us through growing up. Through teen hormones, revision and heartbreak. Mine was Wham, and any song can take me back to a particular moment in time even today.

The storyline is pure genius but also heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. I know the movie is due to premier soon, however I am so glad I got to see the show first.

The set was the plainest set I have ever seen, I would say functional at best. The cast were the set and that was all that was needed. They brought colour, light, shade and life to the stage and really gripped you. Kym Marsh and the younger Rachel, Emilie Cunliffe were spectacular, as were the whole cast. However for me the standout performance was from the gorgeous Mary Moore playing Debbie. Everyone should have a Debbie in their life.

The cast of Take Thats GREATEST DAYS, credit Alastair Muir

Should You See The Greatest Days?

Absolutely, if you love Take That, in fact if you ever loved a band then its a must. But also if you have forgotten what it was like to be young, have hopes and dreams! It made me realise I am right to still be young at heart, to always be excited about my hopes and dreams. Because if you haven’t got ambition and drive in some form what have you got? Never stop believing, striving and growing.

Where Can I See The Greatest Days?

Take That’s The Greatest Days is at the Palace Theatre Manchester Until Sat 27 May 2023 with tickets from £18.00.

Then Showing At

  • New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Mon 5 Jun – Sat 10 Jun 2023
  • Milton Keynes Theatre, Mon 3 Jul – Sat 8 Jul 2023
  • Liverpool Empire, Mon 10 Jul – Sat 15 Jul 2023
  • King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Mon 21 Aug – Sat 26 Aug 2023
  • Edinburgh Playhouse, Mon 28 Aug – Sat 2 Sep 2023
  • Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 11 Sep – Sat 16 Sep 2023
  • Theatre Royal Brighton, Mon 9 Oct – Sat 14 Oct 2023
  • Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Tue 7 Nov – Sat 11 Nov 2023
  • Sunderland Empire, Tue 14 Nov – Sat 18 Nov 2023

I was gifted tickets in return for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The cast of GREATEST DAYS, credit Alastair Muir (2)

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