In 1910, the then unknown Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel set sail from Southampton to New York as part of Fred Karno’s famous music hall troupe. They shared a cabin, they shared comedy routines but by the end of the journey they had drifted apart… they would both go on to become two of the biggest stars of the age. Inspired by real life events, and accompanied by a live piano score, Told by an Idiot's smash hit production is a hilarious and moving homage to Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel, two men who changed the world of comedy forever. Originally produced by Told by an Idiot and Theatre Royal Plymouth with Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Unity Theatre, Liverpool and co-commissioned by London International Mime Festival. This show is accessible to D/deaf audiences. It is without words, very physical and performed in the style of a silent movie, featuring occasional intertitles to help tell the story. There are 2 songs in the show, which are not captioned.
Charlie and Stan tells the story of the greatest comedy duo that nearly were. A snapshot of two rising stars in comedy, Charlie & Stan tells a story that begins in 1910, when two unknown comics join Fred Karno’s music hall troupe and head for New York. What follows is an incredible adventure into the world of comedy, as two of its greatest practitioners grow as performers and develop their skills, whilst sharing everything along the way. However, all good things must eventually come to an end…
Charlie and Stan will play Wilton’s Music Hall in 2023 – the perfect setting for this delightfully vintage mime performance. Shows will run from 18 January to 4 February 2023. With only a limited run of shows to see the story of these comedy legends, make sure to secure your tickets quickly. Book your Charlie and Stan London tickets today with Stagedoor.
Charlie and Stan tells the story of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel, before they were the comedy legends we know them as today. In 1910, as two relative unknowns, Charlie and Stan join Fred Karno’s music hall troupe bound for New York City. The new few years will see them share everything, from cabins and drinks to jokes and performance tips, as the two men rise to the very top of the comedy world.
However, the two were never destined to be a double act. Charlie would go on to be one of the world’s biggest solo comics, whilst Stan returned home to form one half of the uber-successful duo Laurel & Hardy. Although Stan would often speak about Charlie, he wouldn’t even get a mention in Charlie’s autobiography. All good things must come to an end – but just for a moment, these two made up the best comedy duo that never were.
Charlie and Stan is set to star Danielle Bird as Charlie Chaplin and Jerone Marsh-Reid as Stan Laurel. Nick Haverson will play Fred Karno, whilst Sara Alexander completes the cast.
Charlie and Stan is created by theatre company Told By An Idiot, who are renowned for their inclusive, immersive and thought-provoking theatre. It is written and directed by Told By An Idiot’s artistic director, Paul Hunter.
Charlie & Stan features design by Ioana Curelea and lighting design by Aideen Malone. It boasts music from composer Zoe Rahman and song arranger Sophie Cotton. Charlie and Stan is choreographed by Nuna Sandy with physical comedy from Jos Houben. It also features video design from Dom Baker and assistant direction from Andrea Cabrera Luna.
Charlie and Stan promises a heart-warming, spell-binding and totally engaging new production unlike anything you’ve seen before. Uncover the story of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel’s early days in comedy and the different paths they were drawn to. With limited performances and glowing reviews, don’t miss this celebrated new show when it comes to Wilton’s Music Hall. Book your Charlie and Stan play tickets today.