The Remarkable Tale of Dorothy Mackaill at East Riding Theatre

A brand new jazz-age musical will hit the stage this autumn when the John Godber Company bring their show ‘The Remarkable Tale of Dorothy Mackaill’ to the East Riding Theatre from the 27 September – 14 October. 

The show follows the extraordinary true life of Dorothy Mackaill, a woman who was born and grew up in Hull but went on to become one of the stars of the Hollywood silent-film era. Dorothy began performing as a child at dancehalls in Hull, before she left the city to pursue a performance career in London. It was there that she was scouted and taken over to the USA to become one of the famous Zeigfield Follies. Yet she found herself drawn to cinema, and after some initial smaller parts, she slowly started to get leading roles, and became one of the most bankable and recognisable stars in 1920s Hollywood. Her stardom was extraordinary, and when she returned to her hometown of Hull fans lined the streets as she was driven around in an open-top car.

This new musical seeks to explore Dorothy’s life, her fame, her struggles, and questions why the city of Hull has been so slow to celebrate her. The play has been written by local playwright Elizabeth Godber with help from Dorothy Mackaill’s surviving family who still live in Hull. 

‘The Remarkable Tale of Dorothy Mackaill’ has a stellar cast of local actresses who are returning to their roots in Beverley after careers in the West End and across the world. With plenty of classic songs, tap dancing and romantic drama, this is certainly not a show you want to miss this autumn.