MAKING her return to musical theatre for the first time in a decade, Jennifer Ellison admits she is "nervous" about getting back on stage.

The actress will make her debut in Greatest Days when it begins its run at Glasgow’s King’s Theatre on Monday.  

"Glasgow is one of my favourite audiences. One of the main reasons I actually signed up for the tour was because it goes to Glasgow and Edinburgh," says Jennifer, who holidays in Scotland multiple times every year.

"We love the people. I feel like the Scottish and Scousers are very similar, they’re very friendly, and Glasgow is beautiful."

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Greatest Days celebrates the 30th anniversary of Take That’s first-ever UK number-one single Pray, and features more than 15 of the band’s record-breaking hits alongside a heartwarming and hilarious story from award-winning writer Tim Firth (Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots).

The musical follows a group of five best friends who were obsessed with Take That in the 1990s and reunite more than 20 years later with a plan to see them live one last time.

Jennifer first rose to prominence playing Emily Shadwick in Brookside and has worked across tv, film and theatre as well as launching a pop music career in 2003 with the release of her single Baby I Don’t Care.

She made her musical theatre debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago in 2004.

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Greatest Days will be her first fully-fledged musical since she played Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain in the West End in 2013, and while Jennifer is "nervous" she felt it was the perfect time to return to the stage when she saw Greatest Days and "fell in love".

"I was at this stage in my life where I was doing well, my children are a little bit older, so it just happened at the right time," she explains.

"I’ve worked with a lot of the people who were involved when I did Chicago so it just seems like the perfect kind of show to do.

"When I went to see it I fell in love with it, so I just thought this is the one."

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Jennifer says she was "gobsmacked" when she went to see the musical and says it takes the audience on a journey which she hadn’t expected.

"I thought I was going to see a story about Take That and I was gobsmacked because it’s completely different.

"It’s got the most incredible script which has you crying laughing one moment then sobbing, breaking your heart crying, and then you're stood on your feet singing Take That so it takes you on this journey and it’s a really touching story about love, about friendship, about loss.

"And then you’ve got that intertwined with the Take That soundtrack throughout which is that nostalgia and takes you back to when you were a teenager."

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Jennifer stars as Rachel in the musical, a 40-something mum who reunites with her friends and enters a competition to see Take That perform in Athens.

Her character’s obsession with the 1990s boyband was something Jennifer could relate to.

"I’ve always been a bit of a boyband girl, I’ve loved them throughout my life, but Take That has continued to create music so my children love them as well which I think is very different compared to some other boybands,” she says.

"Their music is nostalgic, but it continues through this generation because Take That is still producing fantastic music."

Greatest Days will be at the King’s Theatre from Monday, August 21 until Saturday, August 26.