The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

Wilton's Music Hall · 14 JAN - 18 JAN

London International Mime Festival presents A Told by an Idiot and Theatre Royal Plymouth production


With Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Unity Theatre, Liverpool
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 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.

Age recommendation: 14+

Critic reviews

A transatlantic voyage in 1910, with the silent stars onboard, is the basis of Told By An Idiot’s beguiling comedy

The Guardian

Told by an idiot's celebration of two cinema legends with music hall roots is immensely charming but lacks storytelling clarity

The Stage

Complex and delightful


A glimpse of the double-act that could have been, in this silly, sublime treat

The Telegraph

This wordless tribute to the stars of silent cinema proves an irresistible night of physical comedy

Everything Theatre

The whole thing is a riot of hilarious stage business and slapstick comedy

Musical Theatre Review

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 14 Jan - Sat 18 Jan, 3pm & 7.45pm
Runtime: 1 hr 30 mins


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Graces Alley E1 8JB London, UK · Get Directions

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