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14 February–10 March 2018

Told by an Idiot, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Arcola Theatre

Napoleon Disrobed

A comic alternative history by Told by an Idiot

Directed by Kathryn Hunter

What if Napoleon didn’t die in exile?

What if he swapped identities with a lowly sailor and made it back to Paris?

What then?

One of the UK’s most unique theatre companies creates this poignantly moving and wryly humorous re-imagining of the final years of Napoleon Bonaparte. Using their trademark comic physicality Told by an Idiot explore the absurdity of trying to retrieve time and glory. An irreverent and hugely playful show about what it is to lose immense power but gain personal freedom; to transition from one identity to another, and to lose public face.

Following their collaboration on the smash-hit My Perfect Mind (★★★★★ ‘there’s nothing quite like it… wild and funny with a serious core’’ The Times) Paul Hunter takes on the role of Napoleon under the direction of award-winning actor and director Kathryn Hunter.

 


Access performances

17 February, 3pm: Relaxed performance, with adapted sound and lighting and minor script adjustments, plus increased wheelchair capacity. People with a learning or physical disability, autistic spectrum condition, or sensory or communication disorder are especially welcome.

1 March, 7.30pm: BSL interpreted performance

 

Free post-show events

Wednesday 21 February, after 7.30pm show:
Devising Disrobed – A conversation with Paul Hunter and the company about creating Napoleon Disrobed.

Friday 2 March, after 7.30pm show:
Rewriting History – Examining truth, fiction and alternative facts around the historic French leader, with panellists Dr Michael Rowe and Tom Black.

Dr Michael Rowe is Reader in European History in King’s College London. He has published extensively on Napoleon, and on his empire. His books include Collaboration and Resistance in Napoleonic Europe and, most recently, War, Demobilization and Memory: The Legacy of War in the Era of Atlantic Revolutions. He is currently involved in the Georgian Papers Programme, a joint venture established by King’s College London and the Royal Archives to enrich public historical understanding of Britain in the age of George III.

Tom Black is founder and CEO of Sea Lion Press, the world’s first publishing house dedicated to alternate history. After joining AlternateHistory.com, his hobby grew into a passion, and in 2015 he decided to start Sea Lion Press with fellow writers he had met through AH.com. Tom also writes plays and other non-alternate history work.

Saturday 10 March, after 3pm show:
Jeannie’s Theatre Conversations – An open discussion in one of Arcola’s studios about the show, along with some of the Napoleon Disrobed team.

★★★★ Offbeat and hilarious
—The Upcoming
★★★★ Wildly absurd and raucously entertaining
—Theatre Weekly
★★★★ Amusing and anarchic ... the stuff of Horrible Histories
—LondonTheatre1
★★★★ The comedy lands in heaps
—Broadway World
Joyfully physical silliness
—Time Out
Kathryn Hunter’s zippy production is tirelessly energetic
—The Stage

Cast

Paul Hunter

Napoleon

Ayesha Antoine

Direction

Kathryn Hunter

Assistant Director (Dramaturgy)

Ragga Dahl Johansen

Assistant Director

Charlie Toko

Designer

Michael Vale

Lighting Designer

Aideen Malone

Sound Designer

Adrienne Quartly
Best £22 (£19 conc, £17 previews)
Standard £20 (£17 conc, £15 previews)
Value £16 (£14 conc, £12 previews)
Restricted £12 (£10 previews)

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm
All Saturdays matinee 3pm and Wednesday matinee (7 March) 3pm


Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »
Group /school rates (for 10+ people) available. Contact Box Office »


Access performances

17 February, 3pm: Relaxed performance, with adapted sound and lighting and minor script adjustments, plus increased wheelchair capacity. People with a learning or physical disability, autistic spectrum condition, or sensory or communication disorder are especially welcome.

1 March, 7.30pm: BSL interpreted performance


Free post-show events

Wednesday 21 February:
Devising Disrobed - A conversation with Paul Hunter and the company about creating Napoleon Disrobed.

Friday 2 March:
Rewriting History - Examining truth, fiction and alternative facts around the historic French leader, with panellists Dr Michael Rowe and Tom Black.

Dr Michael Rowe is Reader in European History in King’s College London. He has published extensively on Napoleon, and on his empire. His books include Collaboration and Resistance in Napoleonic Europe and, most recently, War, Demobilization and Memory: The Legacy of War in the Era of Atlantic Revolutions. He is currently involved in the Georgian Papers Programme, a joint venture established by King’s College London and the Royal Archives to enrich public historical understanding of Britain in the age of George III.

Tom Black is founder and CEO of Sea Lion Press, the world’s first publishing house dedicated to alternate history. After joining AlternateHistory.com, his hobby grew into a passion, and in 2015 he decided to start Sea Lion Press with fellow writers he had met through AH.com. Tom also writes plays and other non-alternate history work.

Running time: 75 minutes approximately .

This production contains:
Strong language

Suitable for 14+

Press enquiries: Cliona Roberts — cliona@crpr.co.uk

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