Image: Wilton's Music Hall
Co-commissioned by London International Mime Festival
The events in this play are fictional. This play is certainly not endorsed by the estates of Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel or anyone else for that matter!
In 1910 the unknown Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel set sail for New York as part of Fred Karno's famous music hall troupe.
On this journey, Charlie and Stan shared a cabin and then spent two years together touring North America, with Stan as Charlie's understudy.
Stan returned home, later finding success with his soulmate Oliver Hardy.
Charlie developed his Little Tramp character and within five years became one of the most famous figures in the world.
In Charlie Chaplin's highly detailed autobiography Stan Laurel is never mentioned.
Stan talked about Charlie all his life.
Playing fast and loose with the facts and with an original piano score composed by Mercury Award Nominee Zoe Rahman played live each night, The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel is no nostalgic bio-drama, but a hilarious and deeply moving homage to two men who changed the world of comedy forever.
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London E1 8JB
Performance days & times
Tuesday ‑ 7‑45pm
Wednesday ‑ 7‑45pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑45pm
Friday ‑ 7‑45pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑45pm
Thursday - 3-00pm
Saturday - 3-00pm
Author: Paul Hunter, from an idea by Irene Cotton, with additional material from the company
Composer: Zoe Rahman
Director: Paul Hunter
Designer: Ioana Curelea
Lighting: Aideen Malone
Production: A Told by an Idiot and Theatre Royal Plymouth production