LEADING musical theatre star Michael Ball, pictured, who delighted Mayflower audiences in Hairspray, will return to the theatre next year as part of his extensive UK tour.

Tickets for the concert, on Sunday May 5, 2013, go on sale on Friday.

The date, and a new BBC Radio 2 show next year, coincide with a new studio album Both Sides Now.

Audiences are promised the biggest hits from both his recording and stage careers.

Olivier Award winning Michael Ball has won critical and public acclaim over the last 25 years with his dynamic, award-winning lead roles in the West End and on Broadway.

He combines this with his concurrent career as a multiplatinum recording artist, top selling live concert performer and radio and TV broadcaster.