A Told by an Idiot production

18th January to 4th February . 7.30pm Tue - Sat | Thur & Sat matinees 3.00pm .
£14.50 - £29 full price | £12.00 - £26.50 concessions

Following the sell-out run in 2020, Told by an Idiot returns to Wilton's Music Hall as part of London International Mime Festival with their 5-star, 80-minute non-stop entertainment about the greatest comedy double act that 'almost' was!

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?
Charlie & Stan is a true(ish!) jam-packed show about two of the world's most celebrated comedians and a 'riotous masterclass in storytelling' (★★★★★ WhatsonStage).

Accompanied by a live piano score composed by MOBO Award winning jazz musician Zoe Rahman, this is a guaranteed good night out delivered by 'one of the jewels of left-field British Theatre' (the Guardian). Not to be missed!

★★★★ 'Can't help but leave the broadest of grins on its audiences' faces' Reviews Hub 

Friday 20th January | Post-show discussion with Told by an Idiot Artistic Director Paul Hunter, acclaimed director Tom Morris, screen and stage actors Toby Jones and Ayesha Antoine, choreographer Nuna Sandy, and London International Mime Festival Co-Founder and Co-Director Joseph Seelig
‘Not A Bad Dancer:
When Charlie Chaplin auditioned as a young man for Fred Karno’s famous music hall troupe the comment was: “He might have something, and he’s not a bad dancer”. 
Join Idiot AD Paul Hunter and some very special guests as they discuss why physicality matters.
This discussion will be BSL interpreted by Paul Michaels. 

Click here to view our digital programme

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.

Are you a theatremaker, student or teacher? Get your devising juices flowing by booking a Told by an Idiot Schools' Workshop inspired by Charlie and Stan, or check out Told by an Idiots upcoming workshops for theatre makers here.'

Running time: 85 minutes, no interval

Created by Told by an Idiot
PerformersSara AlexanderDanielle 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

‘seldom less than magical’

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

'noisy mime that tells a thousand comic words'

‘Told by an Idiot’s tribute to the masters of silent slapstick can’t help but leave the broadest of grins on its audience’s faces’

‘a riot of hilarious stage business’

‘a triumph of silent comedy, design and music’

‘a brilliant piece of entertainment’

‘Slick, funny, physical, entertaining show from an hugely talented cast’

the acting is superb and there are plenty of laughs

‘The show was authentic, charming, and reminiscent – Each punch line was executed beautifully, and the energetic piano score complimented the expressive movements’

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