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  • Event Info
  • Thursday, 21 May 2020

Running time - 110 minutes, including a 15-minute interval.
No age restriction.


Chaplin: Birth of a Tramp

CHAPLIN: Birth of a Tramp

Written and Directed by Ross McGregor
Produced by Christopher Tester

“What a sad business, being funny” - “Limelight” (1952)


For over 100 years, Charlie Chaplin has been the world’s best-loved clown. His brilliant comic
creation of "The Little Tramp" is the first and most recognisable cinematic icon in history. But
his remarkable story of stardom and success has a darker side.


Raised in the horrific, grinding poverty of a Victorian slum, Charlie never knew the security of a
stable family. Whilst his parents destroyed themselves with disastrous ambition and
unshakeable vice, Charlie was thrown at the mercy of the workhouse. Desperate to escape his
feral existence on the streets of South London, Charlie became captivated by the shining lights
of vaudeville, and gradually began to see a way out.


Critically-acclaimed Arrows & Traps return with an examination of the relationship between
experience and creativity, and invite you to discover how Chaplin spun personal tragedy into
universal comedy, in a psychological exploration of one of the world’s most remarkable lives.
This production is being produced with the full endorsement of the Chaplin Estate and the
Chaplin Family.


 

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  • Event Info
  • Thursday, 21 May 2020

Running time - 110 minutes, including a 15-minute interval.
No age restriction.