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

The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

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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.

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!

Prologue 17 Lime Teal.

Prologue tickets available from 14 September

Cast & Creatives

Creative team

Paul Hunter

Writer and Director

Ioana Curelea (Naomi Wilkinson Award for Stage Design 2019)


Aideen Malone

Lighting Designer

Zoe Rahman


Jos Houben

Physical Comedy Consultant

Sophie Cotton

Song Arrangements

Nuna Sandy (Zoonation: The Kate Prince Company)

Dance Choreography

Andrea Cabrera Luna

Assistant Director

From an idea by Irene Cotton

Additional material created by the company


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Age Guidance 
Age 14+