Told by an Idiot
Spectacle sans paroles

[EN] In 1910 Fred Karno’s famous music hall troupe set sail for New York. Part of the company were two unknown young men, Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel.

On this transatlantic journey, Charlie and Stan shared a cabin and then spent almost two years together touring North America, with Stan as Charlie’s understudy. Stan returned home to England, later finding success in the USA 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.

Performed without words in Told by an Idiot’s highly acclaimed visual style and with silent film captions in English, the show looks at an unknown period in comic history when two maverick imaginations collided for a brief time. 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 English men who changed the world of comedy forever.

» Their work is never less than sublime. Independent, Paul Taylor

» A company with a gift for inventive physicality. Evening Standard, Henry Hitchings

» There’s nothing quite like it [...] wild and funny with a serious core. The Times on My Perfect Mind, Libby Purves

» Theatre about as inventive, imaginative and fantastical as it gets. TimeOut, on Don’t Laugh It’s My Life, Jane Edwards

» I now believe in the transformative power of theatre. The Sunday Times on Get Happy, Patricia Nicol

» Infected by gleeful madness. The Guardian on My Perfect Mind, Lyn Gardner

» Wonderfully nutty and inventive. The Times on And The Horse You Rode In On, Donald Hutera

» Very funny [...] a show unlike any other. The Telegraph on My Perfect Mind, Charles Spence


Director Paul Hunter
Composer Zoe Rahman
Physical Comedy Consultant Jos Houben

A Told by an Idiot and Theatre Royal Plymouth
production with Unity Theatre





Jeudi 9 JANVIER 2020 à 20h00 (tickets)
Vendredi 10 JANVIER 2020 à 20h00 (tickets)

DURÉE inconnue, spectacle en création

Adultes 25 €, 20 €, 15 € / Jeunes 8 € / Kulturpass bienvenu

Lieu: Théâtre des Capucins

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!

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