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Michael Ball to star in Mack and Mabel

Michael Ball to star as Mack in Chichester Festival Theatre revival of Jerry Herman’s Mack and Mabel

Michael Ball to star in Mack & Mabel
Michael Ball to star in Mack & Mabel

Michael Ball is set to team up again with his Sweeney Todd co-workers when he stars in Mack and Mabel at Chichester Festival Theatre this Summer.

Following his acclaimed performance as Sweeney in Sweeney Todd at Chichester, which transferred to the West End’s Adelphi Theatre, Michael is set to reunite with director Jonathan Church and choreographer Stephen Mear for a new production of Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart’s Broadway show Mack and Mabel.

The show will open in summer 2015 at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and we’ll start the rumours here and now that the show may transfer into town!

Chichester has recently been enjoying huge success with Jonathan Kent’s production of Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton (who also starred with Michael in Sweeney Todd) – a show which is strongly tipped to be transferring in to London.

The search is currently underway to find a Mabel to play opposite Ball in this 1974 show set during the silent movie film era and about the relationship between director Mack Sennett and actress Mabel Normand.

Apparently the book of the show, which is loathed more than loved, is to get a good going-over ahead of the production.

Original gossip source: Daily Mail (14/11/14)


5 thoughts on “Michael Ball to star in Mack and Mabel”

  1. I am thrilled to see that Chichester Festival has decided to do a production of Mack & Mabel this summer. My great-aunt was Mabel Normand silent screen comediene of the Sennett Keystone era. I have met and all the major actresses Bernadette Peters Caroline O’Connor Imelda Staunton and Jamie Dee that have portrayed my great aunt Mabel and they all have been excellent. I am now excited at the prospect of who the next Mabel will be. I knew Michael Stewart who wrote the book and his sister Francine who did a rewrite in 1995. It will be interesting to see what is being thought of in an additional up to date revamp of the book with all respect to Mike’s memory and of course Mabel’s as well. Will miss the late great David Jacobs this time round as it was his radio programme which brought Mack & Mabel to UK attention. Looking forward to Michael Ball as Mack and wishing him well in his development of the role. All the best to Chichester Festival’s new production.I have been attending performance’s since the road tour in 1974 it’s opening in October 1974 on Broadway as well as the two openings in London as well as many many amateur productions around the UK which have brought much joy over the years giving talks to many casts in production rehearsals…Jerry Herman’s score is superb and is a memorial in itself to Mabel Normand’s memory…the show which was to be initially more to do with Mack turned out to be a salute to Mabel Normand one of the first vehicles to bring her to the public’s attention and in the UK Torvill & Dean cleverly intorduced the overture to the UK & Europe which began the search for more info about Mabel & Mack….Stephen Normand Great Nephew to Mabel Normand ..London 17 December 2015 normasteph@aol.com

    1. Hi Stephen, thanks for taking the time to comment and give us that interesting background information about Mack & Mabel. We are as excited about the show as you. Cheers, WestEndTheatre.com

  2. What fabulous news! And really looking forward to seeing Michael in another Musical after the huge success of Sweeney, Michael will make this role his own as usual and his fans will support him every step of the way xx

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