The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

Tue 18 - Sat 22 February 2020

Spring 2020 | Theatre
A Told by an Idiot & Theatre Royal Plymouth Production
The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

with Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Unity Theatre
Created by Told by an Idiot


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 by an on-stage pianist – 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.

Co-commissioned by the London International Mime Festival

[Photographer: Hugo Glendinning]



Writer and Director Paul Hunter
Designer Ioana Curelea
Lighting Designer Aideen Malone
Composer Zoe Rahman
Physical Comedy Consultant Jos Houben
Song Arrangement Sophie Cotton
Dance Choreography Nuna Sandy for ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company
Assistant Director Andrea Cabrera Luna
From an idea by Irene Cotton
With additional material from the company

The Performers
Sara Alexander, Nick Haverson, Jerone Marsh-Reid, Amalia Vitale




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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show details

Dates: Tue 18 - Sat 22 Feb 2020
POST SHOW EVENT - Thu 20 Feb
RELAXED PERFORMANCE - Fri 21 Feb
Times: 7:30pm, +Sat 22 Feb, 2pm Matinee
Running time: TBC
Prices: £16 front 3 centre rows
£14 All other seats | £11 Conc.
£5 Creative Membership
Charges:  £1.50 postage


Venue: Unity One

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