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Michael Ball announces 25th Anniversary concert tour (2009)

Michael Ball

Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Ball, Britain’s leading musical theatre star, multi-platinum recording artist, TV and radio presenter and Olivier Award winner, is to celebrate 25 years in music and theatre this year.

To celebrate this auspicious anniversary, he has just announced UK concert dates for September and October.

Named after his new CD (released March 9), Past & Present – The Very Best of Michael Ball, the tour kicks off on Saturday, September 12 at the New Theatre in Oxford before rolling out through England, Scotland and Wales. It includes a night at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The tour dates are (all September and October 2009)…

September
12 – Oxford, New Theatre
13 – Bristol, Colston Hall
15 – Bournemouth BIC
16 – Portsmouth Guildhall
19 – London, Royal Albert Hall
21 – Nottingham, Royal Centre
22 – Sheffield City Hall
24 – Liverpool Echo Arena
26 – Birmingham NIA
27 – Blackpool Opera House
29 – Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
30 – Edinburgh Usher Hall

October
2 – Newcastle City Hall
3 – Manchester Apollo
5 – Ipswich Regent Theatre
6 – Brighton Centre
8 – Cardiff CIA
9 – Plymouth Pavilions

Commenting on the anniversary, a delighted Ball said: “I can’t believe it’s been 25 years! And I can’t think of any better way of celebrating 25 years in music and theatre than going on tour and having a party with all my fans up and down the country.

“I’ve been having the time of my life performing in Hairspray and I shall be truly sad to leave the show…but I’m really looking forward to going out on the road and performing songs from the past and present.

“I haven’t decided exactly what I’ll be performing yet but rest assured there will be songs from Les Mis, Phantom, Aspects of Love, Hairspray, Kismet and one or two surprises. I’m also planning to invite special guests to join me onstage at some of the venues, so watch this space for more details.”

Tickets go on sale on Friday, February 27 at 9am. All tickets subject to booking fee and are priced at £30/£35/£37.50/£42.50 (London), 32.50/£30/£28.50 (Blackpool), £32.50 (Sheffield/Liverpool/Birmingham/Brighton) and between £32.50 and £30 for all other venues.