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Charlie and Stan in Cambridge

In 1910, the then unknown Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel set sail from Liverpool to New York as part of Fred Karno’s famous music hall troupe. On the voyage they shared a cabin, they shared comedy routines and they shared laughter…but they would go on to become two of the biggest stars of the age.

Inspired by real life events, Told by an Idiot’s acclaimed production of Charlie and Stan is the remarkable story of the greatest double act that nearly was. With an original piano score played live every night, Charlie and Stan is a hilarious and deeply moving homage to two men who changed the world of comedy forever.

Charlie and Stan is produced by Told by an Idiot, Theatre Royal Bath and David Pugh, the Olivier and Tony award winning producer of Educating Rita, Art, and Calendar Girls. David says that Charlie and Stan is “one of the most exciting shows I have ever worked on.’

Told by an Idiot have garnered critical acclaim and devoted audiences worldwide for their wonderfully theatrical shows. They produce shows which explore the human condition in ways which are experimental and ambitious, but always accessible and never pretentious. Previous productions include Heads Will Roll, and Get Happy, which was adapted for outdoor production in 2020.

Paul Hunter, Artistic Director of Told by an Idiot states, “I am thrilled that the Idiots are collaborating with David Pugh and Theatre Royal Bath to bring back our show Charlie and Stan. It is a piece that is very close to our hearts and, following successful UK and European dates pre-pandemic, we are delighted that audiences will once again get the chance to see our unique theatrical homage to two comedy giants.”

Originally produced by Told by an Idiot and Theatre Royal Plymouth with Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Unity Theatre, Liverpool.

Charlie and Stan runs at Cambridge Arts Theatre from 20th–26th September. 

For more information or to book call the Box Office on 01223 503 333 or visit


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