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Gemma Collins shows off VERY dark tan before the first night of The GC’s Big Night Out tour 

Gemma Collins shows off VERY dark tan before the first night of The GC's Big Night Out tour  2

Gemma Collins shows off a VERY dark tan as she enjoys lunch with her nephew before taking to the stage in Manchester for the first night of The GC’s Big Night Out tour

She’s preparing for the first night of her one woman show.

And Gemma Collins made sure she was looking her best ahead of Tuesday’s opening night in Manchester, showing off a freshly applied tan as she headed for lunch with her nephew Hayden.

The ex TOWIE star, 41, had got the glam process started hours before The GC’s Big Night Out UK tour kicked off.

Glam: Gemma Collins made sure she was looking her best ahead of Tuesday's opening night of her tour, showing off a freshly applied tan as she headed for lunch in Manchester

Glam: Gemma Collins made sure she was looking her best ahead of Tuesday’s opening night of her tour, showing off a freshly applied tan as she headed for lunch in Manchester

She wrapped up in a chic cream coat for the lunch date, adding statement sunglasses.

Keeping comfy, she teamed white leggings with trainers and accesssorised with a Louis Vuitton clutch, while her platinum blonde locks were styled into a messy bun. 

Gemma was flanked by security as she left The Ivy in Manchester with her nephew and agent ahead of tonight’s show at the nearby Opera House.  

The star looked every inch the diva as she rehearsed for her UK tour on Monday night.

Glowing: The ex TOWIE star, 41, had got the glam process started hours before The GC's Big Night Out UK tour kicked off in Manchester

Glowing: The ex TOWIE star, 41, had got the glam process started hours before The GC’s Big Night Out UK tour kicked off in Manchester 

VIP: Gemma was flanked by security as she left The Ivy in Manchester with her nephew and agent, ahead of tonight's show at the nearby Opera House

VIP: Gemma was flanked by security as she left The Ivy in Manchester with her nephew and agent, ahead of tonight’s show at the nearby Opera House

She donned an all-black outfit and hid her eyes behind a pair of sparkly diamond sunglasses, as she threw up a peace sign while running through her act on stage.

She practiced hard alongside comedian Stephen Bailey, while she admitted on her Instagram Stories that she was getting in trouble for ‘jumping and prancing’ around the stage.  

The tour is two and half years in the making, after it was rescheduled from last October. 

Star of the show: She wrapped up in a chic cream coat for the lunch date, adding statement glittering sunglasses

Dressed down: Keeping comfy, she teamed white leggings with trainers

Star of the show: She wrapped up in a chic cream coat for the lunch date, adding statement glittering sunglasses 

Ready to tread the boards: Gemma  also shared a photo of herself outside the stage door at Manchester's Opera House pre-tan

Ready to tread the boards: Gemma  also shared a photo of herself outside the stage door at Manchester’s Opera House pre-tan

Gemma is also gearing up to star in a very different theatre tour next month.

The reality star is set to play Mama Morton in the UK and Ireland tour of the Chicago The Musical in May, taking over the role from singer Sheila Ferguson. 

Gemma has long been passionate about the arts, having studied dance and earning a place at the renowned Sylvia Young Theatre School.

British theatre producer David Ian said: ‘We were completely stunned by Gemma’s audition. She’s an undeniable force both on and off stage, and we can’t wait to see her portrayal of Mama Morton on tour. 

‘Audiences across the country are in for a treat!’

Starring role: Gemma looked like the diva she is as she was spotted rehearsing for her big UK tour, The GC's Big Night Out, on Monday

Starring role: Gemma looked like the diva she is as she was spotted rehearsing for her big UK tour, The GC’s Big Night Out, on Monday

Congratulations: The reality star is also set to play Mama Morton in the UK and Ireland tour of the Chicago The Musical in May, taking over the role from singer Sheila Ferguson

Congratulations: The reality star is also set to play Mama Morton in the UK and Ireland tour of the Chicago The Musical in May, taking over the role from singer Sheila Ferguson

Gemma will be joined in the production by former Coronation Street star Faye Brookes, who will take on the lead role of Roxie Hart. Djalenga Scott stars as Velma Kelly, Jamie Baughan as Amos Hart and B.E. Wong as Mary Sunshine. The role of Billy Flynn is yet to be announced. 

Gemma will join the tour at the Sunderland Empire from Tuesday May 31, ahead of playing Cardiff New Theatre, Blackpool Winter Gardens, Sheffield Lyceum, Norwich Theatre Royal and New Theatre, Oxford.

Chicago follows the story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, two murderesses who find themselves in jail together awaiting trial in 1920s Chicago. 

The role of Mama Morton, the corrupt but nurturing matron of the Cook County Jail, was made famous by Queen Latifah in the 2002 movie adaptation of the musical.   

Iconic: The role of Mama Morton, the corrupt but nurturing matron of the Cook County Jail, was made famous by Queen Latifah in the 2002 movie adaptation of the musical

Iconic: The role of Mama Morton, the corrupt but nurturing matron of the Cook County Jail, was made famous by Queen Latifah in the 2002 movie adaptation of the musical

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