Could you give a damn? 1930s Hollywood hits Delph

SADDLEWORTH Players’ new season at The Millgate Arts Centre, Delph opens in September with a delightful screwball comedy ‘Moonlight & Magnolias’.

Legendary film producer David O. Selznick is five weeks into shooting ‘Gone With the Wind’ when he realizes the script is awful, and that the director doesn’t have a clue.

He has five days to replace them, and restart the shoot, or the production will shut down. Selznick calls Victor Fleming from the set of ‘The Wizard to Oz’ to direct, and he taps legendary playwright, screenwriter and script doctor Ben Hecht to rewrite the script. There’s only one problem: Hecht hasn’t read the book.

Over the course of five madcap days, the three men, assisted by Selznick’s assistant, Miss Poppenghul, frantically craft one of the most beloved screenplays of all time.

As Selznick and Fleming act out the book for Hecht, the phone rings off the hook with calls from the likes of Vivien Leigh, Louis B. Mayer and Ed Sullivan.
Hutchinson’s play, based on historical events, is written as farce, with some real laugh out loud moments but also deals with serious questions about race and the fragile position of Jewish executives in Hollywood.

‘Moonlight & Magnolias’ run at The Millgate Arts Centre, Delph from Saturday, September 30 – Saturday, October 7. For more details and tickets, go online: http://www.saddleworthplayers.org.uk/

Saddleworth Players’ season of Five Plays also includes Great Expectations (25 Nov- 2 December), The Farndale Murder Mystery (27 January- 3 Feb), April in Paris (7-14 April) and We are Three Sisters  (June 2-9th).

 

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