Carol Ball

Carol’s career has spanned 47 years and she is very excited about appearing, once more, in 42nd Street. This show holds many happy memories for her, as she played Anytime Annie in the original cast at the Theatre Royal
Drury Lane, for the entire run. She reprised this part for the last 10 months of the first UK tour, also understudying and playing Dorothy Brock on several occasions. Now she has progressed to the character role of Maggie Jones and is looking forward to it immensely. Other West End credits include: Major Cartwright in Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre); alternate Mrs Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Shaftesbury Theatre); The Goodbye Girl (Noël Coward Theatre); Mona and understudy Roxie in the original cast of Chicago (Cambridge Theatre); Hello, Dolly! (Drury Lane); cover Sonia in They’re Playing Our Song (Shaftesbury Theatre); No Sex Please, We’re British (Novello Theatre); Lionel (New London Theatre); TheGood Old Bad Old Days (Prince of Wales Theatre). Royal National Theatre productions include: Schweyk in the Second World War, Mimi in Guys and Dolls, cover and played young Jean in Jean Seberg, Mrs Coaxer in The Beggar’s Opera. Whilst there, she also staged three plays.
Carol has appeared in many regional theatres including: Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, Joanne in Company,
Peggy in The Musical Medium, Stella in Follies, Mae Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie, Mrs Cunningham in Happy
Days (a world premiere tour), Lily Pepper in Red Peppers, Olive Lloyd Ransome in Ways and Means, Lottie in Mack
and Mabel, Mavis in Stepping Out, Electra in Gypsy, Mrs Kasslhoff in Sentimental Journey, Dolly in Lovely Lady,
Margaret in Breath of Life, Grandma Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof and a Johnny Mercer tribute show. She has also toured South Africa in The Magic Show, an American musical. Pantomimes include: bad fairy Toadflax in
Beauty and the Beast, Morgana the Witch in Robin Hood, Belladonna in Hansel and Gretel, Mrs Darling and Mermaid
in Peter Pan, Fairy Lettuce in Jack and the Beanstalk, and principal boy several times in her early career.
Television and film credits include: Mrs Thaine in The Bill, 50s Mum in Flashback, Sarah in Songwriters, Joan in Room at the Top, The Trip, Jean in Silver Bears (with Michael Caine), Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother (with Gene Wilder), The Boy Friend (with Twiggy), Valentino (with Rudolph Nureyev) and June in For George. Carol played several characters in BBC Radio 2’s Ladies of the Music Hall with Barbara Windsor. She has also appeared in numerous television specials, commercials here and abroad, corporate training videos and Royal Command shows.
She is looking forward to working for UK Productions again.