Mack & Mabel starring Michael Ball to tour UK & Ireland

Michael Ball in Mack & Mabel poster

Direct from its première at Chichester Festival Theatre, the classic Broadway musical Mack & Mabel is set to tour throughout the UK & Ireland. Starring double Oliver award-winning Michael Ball as Mack Sennett, this new production will open at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, before visiting Manchester, Dublin, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Cardiff.

Based on the real-life romance between Hollywood legends Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand, it tells the story of a group of pioneering filmmakers who changed the world surrounded by heroes in capes, girls tied to the tracks, glamorous Bathing Beauties and the chaos of the Keystone Kops.

The production will be directed by Jonathan Church and choreographed by Stephen Mear, with design by Rob Jones.

Michael Ball’s recent theatre credits include the title role in Sweeney Todd (Chichester 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. He also co-produced the West End transfer of Love Story.

The production is directed by Jonathan Church, Chichester’s Artistic Director. Credits include Singin’ in the Rain (West End and tour), Taken at Midnight (West End), Amadeus, The Last Confession (Toronto, Los Angeles and Australia tour), The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (West End) and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (West End). Other credits include Of Mice and Men (West End and tour) and The Witches (West End and tour).

Mack & Mabel features an outstanding score by Jerry Herman and is widely admired for its classic Broadway hits including I Won’t Send Roses and Time Heals Everything.

Mack & Mabel is produced by Chichester Festival Theatre and Playful Productions, who will also be general managing the production. Further casting will be announced in due course.