Everything we know about Take That musical Greatest Days

A movie based on the music of Gary Barlow and co is heading our way

Alice Lowe, Jayde Adams, Aisling Bea and Amaka Okafor in Greatest Days.
Alice Lowe, Jayde Adams, Aisling Bea and Amaka Okafor star in Greatest Days. (Elysium Film Group)

With musical films proving to be box office hits, British pop act Take That are the latest band to throw their hat into the ring with jukebox musical Greatest Days.

The film — which is executive produced by Take That band members Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald — features a comedy cast that promises to take viewers on a nostalgic tale of friendship and adulthood. Along the way, the film’s protagonists will have their journey soundtracked by familiar Take That hits.

Based on the musical stage show The Band which premiered at Manchester Opera House back in 2017, this feature film adaptation looks set to cash in on previous music-based hits like Danny Boyle’s Beatles story Yesterday and the popular Mamma Mia franchise.

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With its release date looming, here’s everything we know about Greatest Days so far.

Greatest Days (Elysian Film Group)
Greatest Days will be released on 16 June. (Elysian Film Group)

Greatest Days will be released across cinemas in the UK and Ireland on Friday, 16 June, with Take That set to perform at its London premiere on Thursday, 15 June.

Lara McDonnell, Aaron Bryan, Dalvin Cory, Joshua Jung, Mark Samaras and Mervin Noronha on a beach
The musical film is based on the stage show of the same name. (Elysian Film Group)

With the film arriving in cinemas, reviews have started to pour in, with many praising its feel-good factor and use of classic Take That tracks.

Yahoo Movies UK: Take That musical has spark but it won't relight your fire (3-min read)

The Guardian: Take That musical offers blast of feelgood reunion excitement (2-min read)

Digital Spy: Greatest Days is a joyous crowdpleaser – whether you like Take That or not (3-min read)

Total Film: Vibrant musical propelled by a stream of Take That bangers (1-min read)

A full trailer for Greatest Days was released in April and is packed to with nostalgic moments that are sure to entice fans of Take That’s musical back catalogue. Watch it below.

Aisling Bea in a scene from Greatest Days
Irish comedian Aisling Bea in Greatest Days. (Elysian Film Group)

Much like the stage show upon which it’s based, Greatest Days follows four teenage friends who embark on what becomes a monumental night in their young lives after seeing their favourite boy band live in concert.

After making memories that last a lifetime, the story then shoots ahead 25 years, reintroducing us to these four pals at very different points in their lives.

With each juggling a variety of different issues, the quartet come back together to watch one more live show from their favourite boy band while reliving their youth and attempting to fix old friendships that have become frayed over time.

Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, and Howard Donald of Take That
Greatest Days is executive produced by Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald. (Elysian Film Group Distribution)

Throughout both legs of this restorative journey, our four on-screen friends have their adventures soundtracked by a variety of Take That hits, including Pray, Everything Changes, Back for Good, Could It Be Magic, A Million Love Songs, Never Forget, Shine, Patience, Rule the World and Greatest Day.

The original stage show The Band was a huge hit following its 2017 debut, going on to tour extensively throughout the UK and beyond. Executive producers Barlow, Owen and Donald are no doubt hoping for similar success with this big-screen adaptation.

The cast of Greatest Days dancing on a zebra crossing
The new film follows four teenage friends. (Elysian Film Group)

Greatest Days is directed by Coky Giedroyc, the same filmmaker who helmed 2019’s coming-of-age tale How To Build a Girl, starring Beanie Feldstein. It’s based on a script written by Calendar Girls scribe Tim Firth and produced by the three band members of Take That.

The four adult friends at the centre of the story are played by This Way Up’s Aisling Bea, Prevenge star Alice Lowe, The Outlaws actor Jayde Adams and Amaka Okafor of The Responder.

Marc Wootton, Matthew McNulty, Lara McDonnell also star, with the film’s fictional boy band made up of actors Dalvin Cory, Aaron Bryan, Joshua Jung, Mark Samaras and Mervin Noronha.

Greatest Days will be released on Friday, 16 June.