Latest Review – Take That (Manchester Arena)


Manchester Arena

Thursday 18th May, 2017

Taking to the stage for the first of six sold-out Wonderland tour dates at their native Manchester Arena – a run which will take them to a record-setting total of 44 performances at the Arena – the now three-piece Take That make their hotly anticipated return with a homecoming show scaled down from previous tours, yet one that is still far from short on spectacle.

Cleverly staged in the round for the very first time (offering unrestricted views throughout) and incorporating an hydraulic platform alongside numerous other visual gimmicks and devices, Wonderland‘s tribal theme firmly immerses the audience in the sights and sounds of the jungle, enhanced by a series of bold video designs projected onto the stage-enveloping screens.

Following an establishing prologue video, Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald – adorned in rhinestone-studded white jackets and jeans (just one of the many costumes worn throughout the night) – soon burst onto separate podiums in various corners of the arena for the title track from their latest album, struggling to compete with the deafening screams of the capacity crowd.

Accompanied by a versatile, carnival-themed company of dancers and acrobats, the visually arresting, two-hour show whisks fans through the decades from 1992 to present day, for a career-spanning Greatest Hits presentation showcasing their biggest tracks and more.

From the jet-propelled flames of Relight My Fire to the stunning lights and water show of The Flood and the haunting torch-lit finale of Rule to the World – not forgetting arm-waving fan favourites Back For Good, Never Forget and Greatest Day, this is another exceptionally constructed and unmissable production from a band widely celebrated for the quality of their live shows.

Though for all the visual splendour on offer, it is perhaps the exceptional live rock band that truly drive the show, giving the tracks a much bolder, rockier rendering than heard on the studio albums, not forgetting the extensive crew working tirelessly behind the scenes to put the event together.

N.B. For those unable to attend the concerts in person, Event Cinema specialists CinemaLive have announced that the Wonderland show at London’s O2 Arena will be broadcast live to around 500 cinemas across the UK & Ireland (and selected territories) on Friday 9th June at 8pm. Tickets are available now via

Running Time: 1 hour and 50-minutes (approx.)

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