The Cinema Museum, London

Tonight at the Museum – Charlie Chaplin!

Fri 9 Sep - Sun 25 Sep 2016 · Events

Tonight at the Museum - Charlie Chaplin

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Charlie Chaplin was the very first icon of the silver screen and is one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood. But what of the man behind the moustache? The director holding the camera as well as acting in front of it? The cockney boy beneath the stage make-up?

Born in London in 1889, his early life was defined by poverty and hardship and in the absence of his father, and with his mother being regularly confined to asylums, he and his brother Sydney spent most of their childhood in and out of orphanages and workhouses, one of which now houses the Cinema Museum. Charlie survived by making himself invulnerable. “Even in the orphanage, I thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world. I had to feel the exuberance that comes from utter confidence in myself. Without it you go down to defeat.” This exuberance later became part of his screen persona. The Little Tramp always picks himself up and walks jauntily into the distance.

In our play Tonight at the Museum – Charlie Chaplin! it is 1959. Charles Chaplin is 70 years old, talking across the years to the young Charlie Chaplin – the little tramp who was never allowed to speak in the silent movies. Now he has a voice.

Written by award-winning playwright Gillian Plowman and co-created by Pamela Howard OBE, Chris Butler and Gillian Plowman, to be performed in the former Lambeth Workhouse.

Friday 9th September 2.30pm (local schools) & 7.30pm
Saturday 10th September 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 11th September 2.30pm

Friday 16th September 2.30pm (local schools) & 7.30pm
Saturday 17th September 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 18th September 2.30pm

Friday 23rd September 2.30pm (local schools) & 7.30pm
Saturday 24th September 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 25th September 2.30pm & 6.30pm

Doors open at 14.00, for a 14.30 start.
Doors open at 19.00, for a 19.30 start.
Doors open at 18.00, for a 18.30 start.

Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.




Tickets now available via the event website.
Tonight at the Museum - Charlie Chaplin