In 1910, the then unknown Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel set sail onboard a steamer from Liverpool to New York as part of Fred Karno’s famous music hall troupe. On the voyage, they shared a cabin, they shared comedy routines and by the end of the journey they had drifted apart… but they would both go on to become two of the biggest stars of the age.

Inspired by real life events, Told by an Idiot’s acclaimed production of Charlie and Stan is the remarkable story of the greatest comedy double act that nearly was. With an original piano score played live every night, Charlie and Stan is a hilarious and deeply moving homage to two men who changed the world of comedy forever.

Told by an Idiot have garnered critical acclaim and devoted audiences worldwide for their wonderfully theatrical shows. With Charlie and Stan they have uncovered a hidden and poignant chapter of comedy history shining an unusual light on a pair of show business legends.

Charlie and Stan was produced by Told by an Idiot, Theatre Royal Bath and David Pugh, the Olivier and Tony award winning producer of Educating Rita, Art and Calendar Girls.  David says that Charlie and Stan is “one of the most exciting shows I have ever worked on. I’m looking forward to taking it to audiences all over the world." 
 
"I am thrilled that the Idiots are collaborating with David Pugh and Theatre Royal Bath to bring back our show ‘Charlie and Stan'. It is a piece that is very close to our hearts and, following successful UK and European dates pre-pandemic, we are delighted that audiences will once again get the chance to see our unique theatrical homage to two comedy giants." Paul Hunter, Artistic Director of Told by an Idiot
 

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

 

Reviews

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

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

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

 

Credits

Created by Told by an Idiot

Performers: Sara Alexander, Danielle BirdNick HaversonJerone Marsh-Reid

Writer and Director Paul Hunter

Designer Ioana Curelea 

Lighting Designer Aideen Malone

Composer 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

 

Tour Dates 2021

14 – 24 July                                Theatre Royal Bath 

1 – 12 August                             Minack Theatre, Cornwall 

14 - 15 August                           Theatrebarn, Evesham

16 - 21 August                           Malvern Festival Theatre

1 - 3 September                        Everyman Theatre Cheltenham

13 - 18 September                  The Lowry

20 - 25 September                  Cambridge Arts Theatre

5 - 9 October                              Oxford Playhouse

 

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