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



Napoleon died in exile. But what if he didn't?
What if he swapped identities with a lowly sailor and hot-footed it back to Paris?
On the Eurostar?

Napoleon Disrobed is the playful, side-splitting and endlessly inventive new show from Told by an Idiot, one of the UK's most celebrated devised theatre companies.

Go incognito with a certain French general on his perilous journey across Europe, from dodgy hotel rooms to floundering melon enterprises. The history books are well and truly rewritten in this raucous comedy about losing immense power and rediscovering personal freedom.

Paul Hunter takes on the role of the fallen Emperor Napoleon under the direction of Kathryn Hunter in their first collaboration since the smash-hit My Perfect Mind (★★★★★ ‘a show unlike any other’ Daily Telegraph).


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



‘amusing and anarchic.. the set design is nothing short of ingenious’

London Theatre , 20 feb, 2018

‘Kathryn Hunter’s zippy production is tirelessly energetic’

The Stage , 20 feb, 2018

'Offbeat and hilarious'

The Upcoming , 20 feb, 2018

'The comedy lands in heaps'

Broadway World , 20 feb, 2018

'joyful physical sillyness'

Timeout , 20 feb, 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!