A Told by an Idiot and Theatre Royal Plymouth production

The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

Tue 24 - Sat 28 March 2020

With Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Wed green matinee 2.30pm
Saturday matinee 2.30pm

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.

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!

Co-commissioned by London International Mime Festival.

“Theatre about as inventive and fantastical as it gets” – Time Out

Told by an Idiot’s work is never less than sublime” – The Gaurdian



Sara Alexander

Nick Haverson

Jerone Marsh-Reid

Amalia Vitale

Creative Team

Writer and Director

Paul Hunter


Ioana Curelea

Lighting Designer

Aideen Malone


Zoe Rahman

Physical Comedy Consultant

Jos Houben

Song Arrangement

Sophie Cotton

Dance Choreography

Nuna Sandy for ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company

Video Designer

Dom Baker

Assistant Director

Andrea Cabrera Luna

From an idea by

Irene Cotton

With additional material from the company

Event Info


£30 – £14

Concessions available

members discount

schools and groups offer (please call Box Office to book)

Post-show talk: Thu 26 March

Relaxed performance: Wed 25 March, 2.30pm


10+ (some slapstick/comedy violence and one instance of rude hand gestures)

Running Time

1 hour 30 mins (no interval) book now

Supplementary Event

Pre-Show Dining - The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

Tue 24 - Sat 28 March 2020 read more book now

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