Gary Barlow has said that a Take That musical will take to the stage in 2020, saying that it has `got to happen'.

The 44-year old singer-songwriter is currently writing the score for Finding Neverland, a stage production of the 2004 Johnny Depp movie, but he told The Sun that he is gearing up to begin working on a musical about the Manchester pop group’s rise to fame.

“The Take That musical has got to happen. I think it’s a great story. I watched Jersey Boys and it’s not too dissimilar to our story. I would love to get that on stage."

Barlow refused to back the unofficial Take That musical Never Forget, which ran from 2007 to 2009, and he said he has been approached about bringing the band's story to the stage in the past.

“I understand it a bit better now. I think the West End, Broadway and musicals felt like a different art form and I wasn't qualified. I didn't know enough about it,” he said.

“But now I've been put in a big arena here [in New York]. If given a chance to do it I would take it on now, definitely. We've got 25 years of music so the hard bit is done. I'd look to put it on a stage in the next five years.”