Poignantly moving and wryly humorous re-imagining of the final years of Napoleon Bonaparte.
A Told by an Idiot Theatre Royal Plymouth and Arcola Theatre production
Based on the novel The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys
Offers: Group 5+, SJT+, Under 30s
Price: £18 - £10
Napoleon died in exile. But what if he didn't?
What if he swapped identities with a lowly sailor and hot-footed it back to Paris?
On the Eurostar?
Napoleon Disrobed is the playful, side-splitting and endlessly inventive new show from Told by an Idiot, one of the UK's most celebrated devised theatre companies.
Go incognito with a certain French general on his perilous journey across Europe, from dodgy hotel rooms to floundering melon enterprises. The history books are well and truly rewritten in this raucous comedy about losing immense power and rediscovering personal freedom.
Paul Hunter takes on the role of the fallen Emperor Napoleon under the direction of Kathryn Hunter in their first collaboration since the smash-hit My Perfect Mind (★★★★★ "a show unlike any other" Daily Telegraph).
Age guidance: 14+
Captioned performance: Thursday 22 March, 7.15pm
"in this amusing and anarchic production, both performers have excellent stage presence, and the set design, simple but effective, is nothing short of ingenious."
London Theatre 1
"Wildly absurd and raucously entertaining"
"Offbeat and hilarious"
"The comedy lands in heaps"
"Boisterious, bonkers and brilliant"
"Ayesha Antoine and Paul Hunter… the pair are simply a joy to watch"
"intelligent and fast-paced"
"Entertaining and charming with a whole lot of silly"
The London Box Office Review
"I can recommend Napoleon as the tonic for clearing away the winter blues"
Breaking the Fourth Wall
"delightful, engaging and incredibly physical performances"
The Reviews Hub
"an engaging voyage of self-discovery, excellently performed"
"A hilariously undignified look at a French military leader's final years”
"A classic comic turn.. Napoleon Disrobed strikes a chord"
Whats On Stage
"Energetic and anarchic"
"Kathryn Hunter’s zippy production is tirelessly energetic"
"Anarchic alternative history lesson that refuses to take itself too seriously"
"Playful and fun"
"Paul Hunter is probably Britain’s finest actor in the clowning style, precisely because clowning isn’t the end of it. He can take a fall, get his foot stuck in a bucket or spout nonsense – but all in service of material that is poignant, even sombre at the same time as being absurd"
"entertaining… (Antoine and Hunter) establish a strong master-fool relationship to great comic effect"
"a laugh out-loud hour and a half’
A Younger Theatre
20 March 2018, 7.45pm
21 March 2018, 7.45pm
22 March 2018, 1.45pm
22 March 2018, 7.15pm
23 March 2018, 7.45pm
24 March 2018, 2.45pm
24 March 2018, 7.45pm