Mack & mabel previews at Festival Theatre Chichester on 13 July

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Double Olivier-Award winner

Michael Ball stars in

UK & Ireland Tour of


Previews at Festival Theatre Chichester on 13 July

Book by Michael Stewart

Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman

Director Jonathan Church

Designer Robert Jones

Choreographer Stephen Mear

Direct from its premiere at Chichester Festival Theatre, a major new production of the classic Broadway musical Mack & Mabel will embark on a UK & Ireland Tour in Autumn 2015, starring double Oliver award-winning Michael Ball as Mack Sennett.


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 the great fun of the silent screen: heroes in capes, girls tied to the tracks, glamorous Bathing Beauties and the chaos of the Keystone Kops.


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.


In a production by a multi-award winning team, with direction by Jonathan Church and choreography by Stephen Mear, this dazzling musical comedy is both a poignant love story and a riveting tribute to the grit and glamour of the era of silent movies. The show received eight Tony Award nominations when it opened on Broadway in 1974.

Michael Ball plays Mack Sennett, the great comedy director of the silent screen. Michael’s recent credits include 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 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. He also has a successful recording and broadcasting career, and will be embarking on a UK concert tour in Spring 2015.

Further casting is to be announced.

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) and 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).

Design is by Robert Jones whose credits include Taken At Midnight (West End), Kiss Me, Kate (Old Vic) and Calendar Girls (UK tour, Australia and Canada). Other credits include West End productions of A Chorus of Disapproval and Much Ado About Nothing.

Choreography is by Stephen Mear, Chichester’s Associate Choreographer. Credits include Gypsy (which transfers to the West End in March 2015), and Amadeus, as well as The Pajama Game (also West End) and Kiss Me, Kate (also The Old Vic). Other credits include West End productions of Shoes, Mary Poppins, Hello, Dolly!, Crazy for You and Anything Goes (National Theatre and West End).

The UK & Ireland Tour of Mack & Mabel is co-produced with Playful Productions.

UK & Ireland Tour Dates

Monday 13 July – Saturday 5 September


Box Office: 01243 781 312

Thursday 1 – Saturday 10 October

Plymouth Theatre Royal

Box Office: 01752 267222

Monday 12 – Saturday 24 October

Manchester Opera House

Box Office: 0844 871 3018

Tuesday 27 October – Saturday 7 November


Box Office: ROI: 0818 719 377 / UK & NI: 0844 847 2455

Tuesday 10 – Saturday 21 November

Edinburgh Playhouse

Box Office: 0844 871 3014

Monday 23 – Saturday 28 November


Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Tuesday 1 – Sunday 6 December

Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre

Box Office: 029 2063 6464


For UK & Ireland Tour enquiries, contact David Bloom on 020 3372 0955 or

For Chichester Festival Theatre enquiries, contact Debbie Plentie on 01243 812917 or

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