Ball’s tribute to the silent films

Michael Ball in Mack And Mabel
Michael Ball in Mack And Mabel
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Resort favourite Michael Ball will be back in the North West this week in a touring production of ‘show within a show’ Mack And Mabel.

Ball stars in the new production of the classic musical, featuring songs including I Won’t Send Roses and Tap Your Troubles Away at Manchester Opera House from tonight, which is based on the real-life romance of 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.

A spokesman said: “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.”

Ball, who regularly tours to Blackpool and starred at Lytham Proms last year, plays Mack, the great comedy director of the silent screen. He’s joined by Rebecca LaChance as Mabel Normand, who made her recent Broadway debut in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical understudying the title role.

* Mack and Mabel, Opera House, Manchester, until Saturday, October 24. Call 0844 871 3018 for tickets from £20.