Michael Ball is writing his first novel

Michael Ball is writing his first novel, set in the world of theatre.

The book, titled The Empire, is the first in what is expected to be a series.

It’s set in a scandalous 1920’s northern theatre, which is a place of dreams.

But behind the footlights there is treachery and a dark secret waiting in the wings.

Speaking about the book, Ball said: “In my opinion, nothing beats the magic of the theatre and, my goodness we’ve missed it! And so I wanted to try and capture that magic on the page, through the fictional lives of a cast of characters whose world revolves around this wonderful theatre, The Empire. Performing and bringing joy to people is what I love more than anything and to think that I might be able to bring that to a different audience is truly exhilarating.

“These novels are going to be a love letter to all the theatres and performers I’ve worked in and with around the world.”

The Empire is set to be released in October.

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