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Mack & Mabel
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, Essex
Thursday 24th - Saturday 26th July 2003
Evenings 8:00pm
Saturday matinee 4:00pm

Mack & Mabel is a speculative romantic comedy based on the relationship between two of the pivotal figures of the silent film era: slapstick comedy pioneer Mack Sennett and his frequent leading lady Mabel Normand

The story begins in 1911, when Mabel shows up on Sennett's New York set as a deli delivery girl and immediately catches the director's eye. Soon she is starring in Sennett's two-reelers and she joins him when he moves his operation to the new movie capital of Hollywood

She also joins him in a romance, one which is complicated by Sennett's dictatorial directing style. When Mabel expresses an interest in expanding into feature dramas, Sennett discourages her, leading her to leave him professionally - and personally - for slick director William Desmond Taylor.

However, Mack promises us a happy ending and after all - it is his show...

Mack and Mabel features many songs made famous by Torvill and Dean, but the full list is:

Movies Were Movies
Look What Happened to Mabel
Big Time
I Won't Send Roses
I Want to Make the World Laugh
Wherever He Ain't
Hundreds of Girls
When Mabel Comes in the Room
Hit 'Em on the Head
Time Heals Everything
Tap Your Troubles Away
I Promise You a Happy Ending.

The music and lyrics for Mack and Mabel are by Jerry Herman (who also did Hello Dolly!, La Cage Aux Folles and Mame among others) and the book is by Michael Stewart (who also worked with Herman on Hello Dolly!).

For Havering Music Makers' production:

Director - Trevor Laver
Musical Director - Malcolm Ball
Choreographer - Allison Mason.

Don't know Mack & Mabel? Have a look at these with our friends at Dress Circle:

Mack & Mabel Original Broadway Cast (1974) CD Recording (Robert Preston & Bernadette Peters)
Mack & Mabel Vocal Selections (to play yourself at home!!)

Photos of the Dress Rehearsal can be seen below - they may take a short time to load but they're worth the wait!!

Havering Music Makers are an amateur society affiliated to The National Operatic and Dramatic Association and acknowledge the support of Havering Arts Council

Dress Rehearsal photos courtesy of Upminster Camera Club - with thanks.

Backstage photos

A shot of all the dancers in the dressing room. If anyone has any more shots from backstage, let Nick know! 
Thanks to Louise for this one.

Mack & Mabel was hugely popular with the cast and audience and enjoyed almost
95% ticket sales!

If you'd like to be in a show as good as this, see "How To Join"


  Last Revised: 19th March 2004 by
Nick Ford

© Richard Williams, Nick Ford & Carla Moore 2004