Take That have announced a greatest hits tour

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Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen will kick off their UK arena tour in April with two shows in Sheffield.

They will go on to play in Glasgow, their home city of Manchester, and six dates at London's O2 Arena.

The tour will also see them perform for fans in Dublin, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Southampton, Bristol City, Norwich, Middlesbrough and Huddersfield.

They will be supported by 1980s legend and Never Gonna Give You Up singer Rick Astley.

A new Take That album, Odyssey, is also being released on 23 November. It will feature 27 tracks spanning three decades of the band's history, as well as three new songs.

In a tweet, Take That said the album will see some of the band's best-known songs "reimagined".

Barlow said: "Some have been reworked, but without spoiling what people loved about them in the first place.

"You've got to be respectful, but at the same time, you've got to let the ambition of doing something new and refreshed come through as well."

The tour will also have a European leg with gigs in France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.

Take That formed in 1989 with Robbie Williams and Jason Orange also featuring in the original line-up. Williams' departure in 1995 led to a split the following year.

The other four members reunited in 2005 and achieved three number one albums.

Williams later rejoined the group for the Process album in 2011. A subsequent tour set the record for the fastest-selling concert tour this century.

He left the band again in 2012 while Orange called time in 2014.

Barlow said last year the pair were welcome to rejoin any time they liked.

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