Mack & Mabel
12 - 22 November 2003

Director and choreographer: Ray Jeffery
Musical director: Trevor Defferd

The Haymarket, Basingstoke
Evenings: 7:30 pm, Saturday matinees: 3:00 pm

Join BATS to learn the story of Mack Sennett, 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. Mabel accepts his 'rules' and as they arrive in Hollywood they are supremely happy and the stage is set for one of Sennet's big "happy endings". It may be Hollywood, but is it happy ever after......?

Box office tel: 01256 844244
Group bookings tel: 01256 366935


Production Photos


Mack Sennett
Martin Webb

Mabel Normand
Libby Ruskell

Lottie Ames
Sally Towle

Fatty Arbuckle
Gary J. Myers

Keith Reynolds

Len Annakin

Di Annakin

Bryn Hughes

Pete Chandler

William Desmond Taylor
Colin Flaherty

Night Watchman
Keith Shergold

Female company: Jenna Augustus, Karen Baggs, Trudi Bevan, Eleanor Crosswell, Rosalind Dutton, Lucy Errington, Siobhan FitzPatrick, Elizabeth Flaherty, Katy German, Leslery German, Judith Ifould, Sarah Jeffery, Sarah Leaford, Verity Marsh, Carole Morley, Abigail Parsons, Sam Reynolds, Myra Ward, Dawn Wylie

Male company: Anthony Bevan, Richard Cox, Tom Langley, Ken Pickering, Keith Shergold, Ian "Spud" Smith, Colin Webb, Stephen Westwood, Robert Wilson

Tappers: Jenna Augustus, Karen Baggs, Anthony Bevan, Trusi Bevan, Eleanor Crosswell, Lucy Errington, Siobhan FitzPatrick, Katy German, Bryn Hughes, Sarah Jeffery, Tom Langley, Verity Marsh, Stephen Westwood, Roert Wilson, Dawn Wylie

Creative team

Director and Choreographer
Ray Jeffery

Musical Director
Trevor Defferd

Assistant to the Director
Liz Ilett

Tap Choreographer
Di Claridge

Additional Music for Silent Movie Sequences Arranged by
Trevor Defferd

Production Manager
Simon Waller

Stage Manager
Peter Brenchley

Stage Crew
Richard Bond, Peter Brenchley, Steve Jeffery, Paul Manning, Mike McKeown, Anthony Mitchell, Beanie Potten, Keith Shergold, Simon Waller

Lighting and Sound
Viking Stage Lighting

Follow Spot Operators
Jo Dell, Jim Welling

Scenery Supplied by
Scenic Projects Ltd

Silent Movie Film Supplied by
Howard Selfe at Norwood Films

Projection Equipment
The Haymarket Theatre

Props Co-ordinators
John Scriven and Aileen Scriven

Props Crew
Justine Dunn, Eileen Clewes, Elizabeth Flaherty, Tracey Gonzato, Theresa Lunn

Wardrobe Mistress
Liz Ilett

Assistant Wardrobe Mistress
Di Annakin, Gail Webb

Theatrical Cosume House (Westcliff), BATS Wardrobe, Weston-super-Mare Amateur Operatic Society

"Big Wigs" trading at Edward James Cutting Rooms, Basingstoke

Make-up Mistress
Judith Ifould

Liz Roshier, Neil Streeter

Marketing and PR Officer
Bryn Hughes

Programme Photographs
Dave Webb

Show Photographs
Jan Brayley

Programme Creation
Di Annakin, Bryn Hughes, Liz Walsh

Licensing information

Book by Michael Stewart.  Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman.
Original New York production directed and choreographed by Gower Champion.
Presented by arrangement with Samuel French Limited.

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