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Told by an Idiot and Theatre Royal Plymouth production with Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Relaxed Performance: The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

Created by Told by an Idiot

Minerva TheatrePrice: £15


We're pleased to present a relaxed performance of The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel on Thursday 23 January at 2.45pm.

This performance welcomes individuals, groups and families with children on the autism spectrum, with sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre environment.

The performance and theatre will be adapted in a variety of ways to create a welcoming, less formal environment:

  • Audience members are able to leave and return to the auditorium during the performance 
  • A chill-out area will be available for the duration of the performance 
  • The auditorium lights will be adjusted for comfort 
  • There will be a relaxed attitude to noise during the performance 
  • The show’s lighting and sound levels will be adjusted 

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 an hilarious and deeply moving homage to two men who changed the world of comedy forever.

To book or for more information please call Box Office on 01243 781312 or email

All tickets £15 (no discounts apply).

Co-commissioned by London International Mime Festival. 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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