I really, really can’t act
TAKE That heart throb Gary Barlow has revealed how he wants to visit North Wales more – to see the ‘great places he keeps hearing about’.
The Cheshire-based star will play to thousands of fans over two nights in Llandudno later this month - as part of a 34-date solo tour of ‘intimate venues’.
Speaking exclusively to our sister paper the Daily Post, the 47-year-old singer said the concerts - which sold out almost immediately – would be his first ever performances in North Wales and his first visit to Llandudno since childhood.
After hearing of Game of Thrones star Kit Harington’s weekend stag party in the region, Gary (pictured) said: “Kit Harington was there? Really? “I really do need to start coming up there more often. I keep hearing about all these great places there.
“Honestly though, it’s been years since I’ve been to Llandudno, it was probably in 1990, just before I joined Take That.
“I rode in that cable car up to the top of the big hill. I had a great time, still remember it now.
“I’m actually performing in North Wales this month. Hopefully there will be someone there to watch. That would be good. I’ve never played there before, not with Take That or by myself for some reason, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Gary and childhood friend, screenwriter Tim Firth have formed a formidable musical dream team which last year spawned the acclaimed hit show The Band, featuring the music of Take That. The pair are now putting the finishing touches to Girls, a musical version of the award-winning movie and play Calendar girls.
Despite his move towards musical theatre, there is one thing he is certain about - you will never see him acting on stage.
“I need to lay it down here, right now,” he said. “I cannot act. I really, really cannot act. “When I see these amazing people we’re involved with, I respect what they do so much. Even more so with the fact that I know I can’t do it. Because I can’t do it, I don’t have any desire to do it.
“So I’m saying no. You wouldn’t want to see it. I’m just not very good.”
His latest musical features a number of famous faces, including Denise Welch, Ruth Madoc, and presenter Fern Britton – who only considered the part after she was asked by Gary personally. ● Gary Barlow is playing two nights at Venue Cymru on May 21 & 22. ● Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s award-winning Calendar Girls The Musical will run from October 23 - 27 at Venue Cymru. Tickets at venuecymru. co.uk/calendar-girls-musical
Take That star reveals why he’s keen to perform in N.Wales... as long as it’s just singing