‘Little Lily Harley’ is about Charlie Chaplin’s childhood in Lambeth. With a drunken but charismatic actor father who was rarely around & a beautiful young actress mother who had three children by different fathers, he had to learn along-side his big brother Sydney how to survive a very precarious existence. Sometimes cared for by other people, sometimes in a disciplinarian school for orphans & destitute children, sometimes separated from Sydney & sometimes living on the street (as a child!), he nevertheless managed to triumph over all this to become arguably the greatest film actor ever.
Hannah Chaplin, his mother (stage name ‘Little Lily Harley’ – & the play is as much about her), taught Charlie how to go, as we call it, ‘though the little door’ into his imagination. Here he could dream & be anything, rehearse the characters he met, especially their walks, & escape from his pain. She taught him this especially when she had to go away, sometimes into the workhouse & sometimes into mental institutions as she lost grip of reality, so that he didn’t miss her. By aged five when she had a memory lapse on stage at the Aldershot barracks in the canteen, he took over & won the audience back.
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The brilliant PETER MACQUEEN is touring the North in his one-man show HERBACIOUS with dates […]
OPENS TODAY: the superb EMMA MATTHEWS in Billionaire Boy – Car Park Party, as Birmingham […]
Grab your tickets for this brilliant one-off performance as ANNA SODEN reprises her brilliantly funny role […]
Opening tonight, 5th October, the brilliant MATT CONNOR in THEY DON’T PAY? WE WON’T PAY! […]
Thrilled to have JASON FURNIVAL and EMMA MATTHEWS open tonight in David Walliams’ brilliant GANGSTA […]
Opening today: KIERAN PARROTT plays Shere Khan and more in THE JUNGLE BOOK for Immersion Theatre […]
We’re incredibly excited for JOHN MIDDLETON who returns to the stage from tonight, the 5th […]
Wishing a fantastic opening night to KAT ROSE-MARTIN in Northern Broadsides’ FOR LOVE OR MONEY […]
Delighted to have ANDREW POLLARD reprise his fantastic role as Phileas Fogg and PUSHPINDER CHANI […]
OPENING TONIGHT: LUCAS SMITH reprises his role as Kenny in NARVIK at Manchester’s HOME theatre […]