About Michael Ball
Michael Ball will perform the role of Anatoly in the first major West End production of Chess – the much loved 1984 musical from ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King, Evita).
Michael Ball continues to exceed all expectations of what Britain’s leading man of musical theatre should be about.
For 30 years Michael has been starring in musical theatre productions in the West End and on Broadway winning critical acclaim and awards for his stage work and recording career. He is a double Olivier Award winner, multi-platinum recording artist and radio and TV presenter.
In what seems like an impossibly long and successful career he has moved from the hot young star of Les Mis and Aspects of Love, to comic master in shows like Hairspray, to mass murderer in Sweeney Todd.
Michael Ball’s previous theatre roles
Michael made his West End debut as Marius in the original London cast of Les Misérables; he starred in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love in the West End and on Broadway, in the London production of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion and as Caractacus Potts in the West End musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
He won his first Olivier Award for his performance as Edna Turnblad in the smash hit musical Hairspray and his second Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his critically acclaimed lead role in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Michael most recently starred as Mack Sennett in Mack and Mabel at Chichester Festival Theatre which then went on to tour the UK.
What role does Michael Ball play
Michael Ball will play the role of Soviet chess champion Anatoly.
What is CHESS about
Chess tells a story of love and political intrigue, set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s, in which superpowers attempt to manipulate an international chess championship for political ends.
The production includes international hit singles I Know Him So Well and One Night In Bangkok. Other well-known songs from the score include Anthem, Someone Else’s Story, Heaven Help my Heart and Pity The Child.
Chess will run from 26 April 2018 until 2 June 2018 at the London Coliseum.