Fatty Arbuckle is back in town


A SAN FULGENCIO theatre group will be taking a step back in time next month, making a return to the golden age of silent movies, when the Keystone Cops and Fatty Arbuckle were the names on every picture house’s posters.

Studio 32’s summer production, ’Mack and Mabel’ is set in the era of silent movies, from 1911 to 1938, and contains a fine mix of solo and company songs.

Add to that some hilarious slapstick comedy with Mack Sennett’s most famous silent movie creation – the Keystone Kops – and you know you’ll be in for a great night’s entertainment.

Fatty Arbuckle was a real character, who mentored Charlie Chaplin and discovered Buster Keaton and Bob Hope.

He loved comedy, and was particularly famous for his love of the “pie in the face” comedy routine with leading lady Mabel Normand. His popularity was such that he became the highest paid actor of his time in Hollywood.

The most recognisable song from the wonderful score, with words and music by Jerry Herman is ‘I won’t send roses’.

The leading role of Fatty Arbuckle is being played Mervyn William. Before moving to Spain in 2000 Mervyn had never been on stage.

Then last year, having done a few small shows, Mervyn wanted to take the challenge of full-scale musical theatre and so joined Studio32.

His first role with the company was Mr Fezziwig in their winter production “A Christmas Carol”. Enjoying the comedic aspect of the character Mervyn successfully auditioned for the role of Fatty, and is thoroughly enjoying the challenge of singing, dancing and acting this great comedy character.

Studio32 are continuing to support the San Fulgencio Alzheimer’s Association and local charities with this show.

Past shows have raised significant sums of money and the company hope to repeat that with sell-out performances again.

Seats for their previous productions have sold out quickly so to ensure you don’t miss this hilarious and entertaining musical, make sure to book soon.

Show dates are Wednesday May 31st to Saturday June 3rd at the Cardenal Belluga Theatre in San Fulgencio, all performances start at 7.30pm with doors open 7pm.

Reserved seating tickets are now on sale, priced at 9 euros, and can be obtained by calling Philip on 602 454 033, or by emailing [email protected].

A seating plan is available on their website www.studiothirtytwo.org, along with lots of information about the company and past shows.

Tickets can also be purchased from: News 4 U, La Marina (966 790 531); Cards & More, La Marina (966 790 954); The Card Place, Benijofar (966 713 266) and the Kennedy Supermarket, Los Montesinos (966 720 006)

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