Told by an Idiot are taking their ★★★★★ production, Charlie and Stan, back on the road in 2024 and 2025!

This 80-minute jam-packed show is non-stop entertainment, and tells the true(ish) story of the greatest comedy double act that 'almost' was; Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel (the Laurel of Laurel and Hardy fame).
From their early days in showbiz sharing a stage, and even sharing a cabin on a voyage to New York, Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel went on to become two of the biggest stars of the age. Stan Laurel, however, is not mentioned in Chaplin's autobiography once. So what happened?
Accompanied by live music throughout (composed by MOBO Award winning jazz musician Zoe Rahman) this hilarious homage to the silent movie era, and to two young comedians on a voyage of self-discovery, is a guaranteed good night out not to be missed. 

Click here for our Charlie and Stan digital programme


★  'A riotous masterclass in mime, slapstick comedy, and pratfalls' THEATRE WEEKLY

★ 'A joy to watch...I loved everything about this show and left the theatre with a spring in my step' LONDONTHEATRE1

★★★★ 'Can't help but leave the broadest of grins on its audiences' faces' REVIEWS HUB 

★★★★ ‘This fantasia on Chaplin and Laurel... is seldom less than magical’ GUARDIAN

★ 'Noisy mime that tells a thousand comic words' DAILY MAIL

★★★★ 'Invention stuffed and music crammed...A glimpse of the double-act that could have been in this silly, sublime treat' DAILY TELEGRAPH

★★★★ 'Engagingly high-energy…plenty of inventive touches' THE STAGE

★ ‘Hilarious... A riotous masterclass in storytelling’ WHATSONSTAGE


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. Click here to read the lyrics.


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.