Napoleon Disrobed
25 jan, 2018 - 24 mar, 2018

Napoleon Disrobed

25 jan, 2018 - 24 mar, 2018

A comic alternative history by Told by an Idiot 

Based on the novel The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys



What if Napoleon didn’t die in exile?

What if he swapped identities with a lowly sailor and made it back to Paris?

What then?


One of the UK’s most unique theatre companies creates this poignantly moving and wryly humorous re-imagining of the final years of Napoleon Bonaparte. Using our trademark comic physicality Told by an Idiot explore the absurdity of trying to retrieve time and glory. An irreverent and hugely playful show about what it is to lose immense power but gain personal freedom; to transition from one identity to another, and to lose public face.


Following their collaboration on the smash-hit My Perfect Mind (‘there’s nothing quite like it... wild and funny with a serious core’ Times 4 stars) Paul Hunter will take the role of Napoleon under the direction of Award-winning actor and director Kathryn Hunter. 


A Told by an Idiot Theatre Royal Plymouth and Arcola Theatre production


Theatre Royal, Plymouth

25 jan, 2018 - 10 feb, 2018

Arcola Theatre, London

14 feb, 2018 - 10 mar, 2018

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

15 mar, 2018 - 17 mar, 2018

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

20 mar, 2018 - 24 mar, 2018


20 dec, 2017

Over the next few weeks in the build up to the opening of Napoleon Disrobed at Theatre Royal Plymouth, we will be sharing our rehearsal diary written by different members of the company... stay tuned to be amongst the first to hear how Napoleon Disrobed is shaping up!