‘I thought I’ll try writing a book. Everyone thinks they have a book in them, right?’ – Michael Ball

Musical theatre star Michael Ball had some time to spare during the pandemic and put his theatrical experience to good use when he wrote The Empire, which charts the fate of a grand theatre in post-World War One London

Michael Ball, musical theatre star and novelist: ‘Whatever crisis is hitting theatre and society as a whole, theatre is holding a mirror up to that’

When theatres were closed during the pandemic, musical theatre star Michael Ball needed to find somewhere to put his energy. “Things were quiet,” he says. “And I started writing songs, which I had never really tried before. Then, because I was reading so much, I thought, ‘Maybe I will try writing a book.’ I mean, everyone thinks they have a book in them, right? But I was approaching a big birthday [Ball turned 60 this ...