Acclaimed show about ‘the greatest comedy double act that nearly was’ is coming to York


Inspired by real events – comes a show that tells the tale of the greatest comedy double act that nearly was.

Created by theatre company Told by and Idiot, the production is about Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel.

Charlie & Stan is a homage to two comedy legends, looking at the two-year period they spent touring together before either became famous. 

Charlie & Stan is at York Theatre Royal from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 Feb.


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.

Though the show is inspired by true events, the show is a fantastical reimagining and plays fast and loose with the facts – it’s not a nostalgic bio-drama but a celebration of two men who changed the world of comedy forever.

Told by an Idiot co-founder and artistic director Paul Hunter said, “Charlie & Stan kicks off our 30th anniversary celebrations, which will see the Idiots take our homage to Chaplin and Laurel out on the road again.”

Tickets start from £15 and are available via the York Theatre Royal website.

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