Charlie and Stan

Author(s): Paul Hunter
Company: Told by an Idiot
Running time: 1h 30min approx

In 1910, the unknown Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel set sail for New York as part of Fred Karno's famous music hall troupe. On this journey, Charlie and Stan shared a cabin and then spent two years together touring North America, with Stan as Charlie’s understudy.

Stan returned home, later finding success with his soulmate Oliver Hardy. Charlie developed his Little Tramp character and within five years became one of the most famous figures in the world.

In Charlie Chaplin’s highly detailed autobiography Stan Laurel is never mentioned. Stan talked about Charlie all his life.

Performances

Wilton’s Music Hall, London
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
York Theatre Royal, York
Derby Theatre, Derby

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