Take That's nostalgic 90s musical relights Jennifer Ellison's fire 

Former Brookside star returns to musical theatre for the first time in a decade to star in 'Greatest Days'.

The official Take That musical has got underway in Glasgow – and star Jennifer Ellison said it’s a journey packed with nostalgia for long-time fans.

Greatest Days kicked off at the city’s King’s Theatre on Monday, 30 years since their sell-out summer tour – which included a date at the SECC.

Take That remain one of the biggest boybands in history, having sold more than 45 million albums worldwide with 56 number one singles under their belt.

Greatest Days follows five friends, who were diehard Take That fans in the 1990s, who reunite 20 years later to see their heroes one last time.

Liverpool-born actor Jennifer Ellison is making her debut in the show for its Scottish leg, with dates also scheduled at Edinbugh Playhouse.

Take That remain one of the UK's most successful boybandsGetty Images

Ellison became a household name playing Emily Shadwick in Brookside before starring in multiple film and TV projects.

The mum-of-three has returned to musical theatre for the first time in a decade after being offered the role as Rachel.

She told STV News: “As soon as I came to see this show, I was like, ‘I need to be in it’.

“It takes you on this journey. It’s this fantastic story about love, friendship, and loss and then the incredible music of Take That.

“It’s just one of those shows where I know this tour won’t be work. Because going out there every night, reading those lines and singing those songs, it’s not work.

“The music is just perfect – it’s almost like the songs have been been hand-picked for the story.

Ellison, 40, said the reaction from audiences has made her stage comeback even sweeter.

She added: “I was getting so many messages from people saying they were crying, laughing, singing.

“There is something so nostalgic about Take that. Anybody who is from the 1990s just gets it!

“It’s a dream job.”

Jennifer Ellison says starring in the musical 'doesn't feel like work'

Greatest Days arrives in Glasgow 30 years on from the band’s sell out 1993 tour which included a date at the SECC.

One of the biggest boy bands of all time they’ve sold more than 45 million albums worldwide.

She added: “You forget how intense they were at that moment in time, you had all the other boy bands but Take That were just the crème de la crème of boy bands.

“I grew up as a teenage literally obsessed with them all but there was something special about Take That.”

The musical is on a major UK tour coinciding with the release of the official movie version, starring Aisling Bea and Jayne Adams over the summer.

It’s on at the Kings Theatre in Glasgow until Saturday August 26 before taking to Edinburgh’s Playhouse from Monday August 28 to Saturday September 2.

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