What if Napoleon didn’t die in exile?
What if he swapped identities with a lowly sailor and made it back to Paris?
One of the UK’s most unique theatre companies creates this poignantly moving and wryly humorous re-imagining of the final years of Napoleon Bonaparte. Using their trademark comic physicality Told by an Idiot explore the absurdity of trying to retrieve time and glory. An irreverent and hugely playful show about what it is to lose immense power but gain personal freedom; to transition from one identity to another, and to lose public face.
Following their collaboration on the smash-hit My Perfect Mind (‘there’s nothing quite like it… wild and funny with a serious core’ The Times, 4 stars) Paul Hunter takes on the role of Napoleon under the direction of award-winning actor and director Kathryn Hunter.
A hilariously undignified look at a French military leader's final years.
Anarchic alternative history lesson that refuses to take itself too seriously.
It's très stupide – anyone for melon tennis? – but too often Napoleon Disrobed strikes one-note.