Told by an Idiot and Theatre Royal Plymouth presents

Relaxed Performance (Autism Friendly): The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this performance has been cancelled. If you have booked, please contact Box Office for a refund on 0161 200 1500.

In 1910 Fred Karno’s famous music hall troupe set sail for New York. Part of the company were two young men who would change the world of comedy forever.

Stanley Jefferson would eventually hook up with a gentle giant from Georgia called Oliver Hardy and form the greatest ever double act. Or would he…? Charlie Chaplin who had survived a brutal, destitute childhood in Victorian London, and who had his heart set on fame, had other ideas!

Inspired by true events and offering a unique insight into the early careers of two extraordinary artists, Told by an Idiot fuse fact, memory and alarming fantasy in this funny, moving and unsettling melodrama.

Told by an Idiot is accessible to d/Deaf audience and will feature creative captioning throughout.

What is a relaxed performance?
Relaxed events are designed for people  with autism spectrum conditions and their families so they can enjoy the arts together in a stress-free environment. These events are also suitable for people with sensory conditions or learning difficulties.

For this event, we will tone down any loud noise and lighting effects, keep the auditorium lights on low, and we take a relaxed approach to movement and noises. A separate chill out space will be provided if you need some time out of the performance.

Our access programme is supported by:

Manchester Airport

  • Recommended age 10+
  • Content warnings – Some slapstick violence, but all done in a very comical way
  • Running time 1 hour 40 mins with no interval
  • £10 – £24 / conc. from £5
  • This is a Relaxed (Autism Friendly) performance
  • Creative captions used throughout