He made millions laugh at his famous 'Tramp', one of the most famous cinema images of all time. And in doing so Chaplin trapped himself inside an image he never truly managed to succeed without. The Tramp earned Chaplin the reputation of ‘genius’ and he propelled him into the worlds of intellectuals and royalty.
In his play Pip Utton steps in and out of the screen and becomes Charlie Chaplin, stripping away the myths and the moustache and revealing the man beneath a frustrated old actor being trapped within an image. The private man searching for public recognition for his ‘genius’, whilst the world worships his creation – the Tramp
He takes us inside Chaplin's mind, exploring his memories and feelings, and we come away feeling that we really understand the man, that we really have spent an hour in his company. There can be no greater praise than that.
Pip Utton is the doyen of one man shows.
Very cleverly written and beautifully directed with close attention to detail. As usual if you go to see Pip Utton perform you know you are in for some high quality theatre.
...a powerful and engaging performance...
Watch the video » (80 mins, one person show, 2 on the road)