Theatrebarn, Bretforton

Saturday 14 August – 5.45pm – Black tie & post performance dining

Sunday 15 August – 1pm – Picnic & Pimms

In 1910, the then unknown Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel set sail onboard a tramp steamer 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 by the end of the journey they had drifted apart…yet they would both go on to become 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 comedy double act that nearly was. With an original piano score played live every night, Charlie and Stan is ahilarious and deeply moving homage to two men who changed the world of comedy forever.

The Theatrebarn is a hidden gem of a theatre, in a unique theatre setting in the stunning Worcestershire village of Bretforton, between Broadway and Stratford upon Avon.  The audience will enjoy Charlie & Stan in the auditorium within a Medieval barn, lovingly and sympathetically converted into a stunning theatre experience that combines unique, often one-off performances with post show dining and a convivial, memorable evening.

Theatrebarn audiences will not only enjoy a pre-show reception and delicious post show dining within their theatre ticket, but the walled, lawn courtyard garden and Grade II listed Grange overlooking the Theatrebarn all set the tone for a stylish, convivial and exceptional Picnic and Pimms on the second day of the show.  (Free car parking on site is a further plus point!).

Told by an Idiot have garnered critical acclaim and devoted audiences worldwide for their wonderfully theatrical shows. With Charlie and Stan they have uncovered a hidden and poignant chapter of comedy history shining an unusual light on a pair of show business legends.

This “blissful entertainment” (Daily Telegraph) is coming to CITY prior to London’s glittering West End.

“Invention stuffed and music crammed.

A glimpse of the double that could have been in this silly, sublime treat”

Daily Telegraph

 “Seldom less than magical”

The Guardian


A riotous masterclass in storytelling”


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