Michael Ball will write his first novel on fictional theater

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Michael Ball will write his first fiction novel, titled the empire. Set in a scandalous 1920s Nordic theatre, the book will be released in October 2022. It is intended to be the first in a series that traces the “high and low notes of British musical theater in all its glamour, greasy paint and glory”.

Ball said today: “In my opinion, nothing beats the magic of the theater and, my God, we missed it! And so I wanted to try to capture that magic on the page, through the fictional life of a cast of characters whose world revolves around this wonderful theater, the Empire. Acting and bringing joy to people is what I love more than anything and to think that I could bring that to a different audience is really exhilarating.

“I’m thrilled to be working with the Zaffre team and we’re having so much fun. These novels are going to be a love letter to all the theaters and artists I’ve worked with and around the world.”

the empire is described as follows: “Set in the early 1920s, The Empire tells the story of a fictional theater of the same name in the north of England. Known as ‘the jewel of the north’, it is a palace of dreams that holds a very special place in the hearts of the nation. But it’s not just bright lights and reminders and the actors aren’t the only ones donning disguise… betrayal at the heart of the Empire Theater and a dark secret awaits in the wings…”

It will be available from October 13, 2022.

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