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Mack and Mabel archiveThis is the story of Mack Sennter, undisputed King of Comedy in the silent movie era, and the Silent Movie star, Mabel Normand. The story starts in 1932 in Mack's old studios, where they are now making "talkies" much to his disdain. Mack reminisces and through his memories the story of their turbulent relationship and the magic of making movies in the early days of Hollywood unfolds. We are taken back to 1911 when it all began. Sennett is in the middle of making a two-reeler when the creditors come to close him down, in the middle of the chaos in walks Mabel, the kid from the Deli. She won't leave until she gets her 15 cents. Her natural comic talent is captured on film by Mack and before she knows it she is making movies. The next step is Hollywood. By this time both Mack and Mabel realise their feelings towards each other, but Mack's life is all about making movies and he won't let anything get in his way.
Performers Michael Ball (Mack Sennett), Rebecca LaChance (Mabel), Anna-Jane Casey (Lottie), Jack Edwards (Fatty), Gunnar Cauthery (Frank), Mark Inscoe (William Desmond Taylor), Michelle Francis, Emily Langham, Rebecca Louis, Joshua Lovell, Joseph Prouse, Emily Shaw, Ashley Andrews, Adam Denman, Nicole Deon, Jenny Legg, Grace McKee, Rohan Richards, Sam Stones, Andrew Waldron, Zara Warren, Libby Watts.
Book by Michael Stewart. Music Jerry Herman. Lyrics Jerry Herman. Producer Chichester Festival Theatre. Director Jonathan Church. Design Robert Jones. Sound Paul Groothius. Lighting Howard Harrison. Director Charlotte Sutton (casting). Choreographer Stephen Mear.

Mack and Mabel

Mack and Mabel (Musical) production archive for QTIX code T743391719. Details of all Mack and Mabel archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1594

Archive Listings

1 Dec 15
to
6 Dec 15
Wales Millennium Centre
Cardiff
Glamorgan
23 Nov 15
to
28 Nov 15
Theatre Royal
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
10 Nov 15
to
21 Nov 15
Playhouse Theatre
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
27 Oct 15
to
7 Nov 15
Bord Gais Energy Theatre (formerly Grand Canal Theatre)
Dublin
Dublin
12 Oct 15
to
24 Oct 15
Opera House
Manchester
Greater Manchester
1 Oct 15
to
10 Oct 15
Theatre Royal
Plymouth
Devon
13 Jul 15
to
5 Sep 15
Chichester Festival Theatre
Chichester
West Sussex

UKTW News/Reviews

Mack and Mabel review
07Sep15: Chichester Festival Theatre's production with Michael Ball.
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User Reviews

Josie (28Oct15): Saw this production in Manchester Opera House on 24 October 2015. Outstanding performances, thoroughly enjoyed the show. Anny Jane Casey is awesome!
Linda (17Oct15): first saw this 20 years ago in London and was disappointed. the music was great, but the story weak and acting not up to scratch. However went to see it at Chichester and what a difference 2 decades and a rewrite of the book make. This time was the best time, as the song goes. Michael Ball seems born to play this part, his great voice ideal for the role of Sennett, he owns the stage from the moment he enters till the final curtain. Hope to hear a lot more of the beautiful Rebecca Lachance, a perfect Mabel.Fast becoming a National treasure, Anna Jane Casey gives wonderful support as she exhorts us to 'tap our troubles away. Would see it again, sadly not coming near to me this time.
Catherine (10Oct15): A superb production of a strong musical. The staging, set and choreography is incredibly clever. Michael Ball is superb - beautiful voice beautifully controlled. Seen this musically twice before - and this production is by far the best of h ethree.
jim (07Sep15): Lost me a bit in the second half ... more variety show than musical

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