Michael Ball

Michael Ball

About Michael Ball

West End favourite Michael Ball reprises his Olivier Award winning role of Edna Turnblad, as Hairspray The Musical returns to London for a strictly limited season in April 2020.

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 continues to exceed all expectations of what Britain’s leading man of musical theatre should be about.

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 Javert in Les Misérables The All-Star Staged Concertthis spectacular staging of the legendary concert, previously seen in London at the Royal Albert Hall and the O2 Arena ran at the Gielgud Theatre for 16-weeks in 2019. Prior to this production he starred as Anatoly in the first major West End production of Chess , and as Mack Sennett in Chichester Festival Theatre’s UK tour of Mack and Mabel.

Hairspray tickets are now available

Hairspray is booking from 23 April 2020 until 19 July 2020 at the London Coliseum.


Date: 10 December 2019
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