It was announced today that Michael Ball will star in Chichester Festival Theatre’s major new production of Mack & Mabel this summer.
Directed by Jonathan Church, Chichester’s Artistic Director, Mack & Mabel plays the Chichester Festival Theatre 13 July til 5 September, followed by a UK tour from October.
Based on the true romance between Hollywood legends Mack Sennett (Michael Ball) and Mabel Normand, this musical comedy received eight Tony Award nominations when it opened on Broadway in 1974.
Tour dates released so far include Plymouth Theatre Royal (1 Oct – 10 Oct), Manchester Opera House (12 Oct – 24 Oct), Dublin BGE Theatre (27 Oct – 7 Nov), Edinburgh Playhouse (10 Nov – 21 Nov), Nottingham Theatre Royal (23 Nov – 28 Nov), and Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre (1 Dec – 6 Dec). No news on London dates but given the recent success of Chichester Festival Theatre productions it will hopefully transfer to the West End.
Michael Ball is to play Mack Sennett with full casting to be announced shortly.
Michael Ball has recently been seen in the BBC television drama That Day We Sang, which reunited him with Sweeney Todd co-star Imelda Staunton. Theatre credits include the title role in Sweeney Todd (Chichester’s Festival 2011 and West End), Hairspray, Les Misérables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Passion, Aspects of Love, The Woman in White and The Phantom of the Opera. Ball co-produced Chichester Festival 2010’s West End transfer of Love Story.
The creative team also includes choreography by Stephen Mear, Chichester’s Associate Choreographer and design by Robert Jones whose Chichester credits include Festival 2014’s Taken At Midnight (also West End), Kiss Me, Kate (also Old Vic) and Calendar Girls (also UK tour, Australia and Canada). Other credits include West End productions of A Chorus of Disapproval and Much Ado About Nothing.