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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, sharing a cabin and then spending two years touring North America together. Stan returned home to find success with Oliver Hardy; Charlie became one of the most famous figures in the world. In Chaplin’s autobiography, Stan Laurel is never mentioned. Stan talked about Charlie all his life.
Playing fast and loose with the facts and accompanied by a live piano each night, Told by an Idiot creates an hilarious and moving homage to two men who changed the world of comedy forever.
Chichester Festival Theatre
- Oaklands Park
- PO19 6AP
The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel image © Hugo Glendinning