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Outdoor Theatre in Marden - Sat 3rd July

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company will perform in Marden – and other venues across the Southeast – once again this summer. This wonderful troupe of professional actor/musicians will bring Little Lily Harley to Southons Field in Marden on Saturday 3rd July at 7.30pm for an outdoor performance that will conform to government regulations.

The play, postponed from last year, is about Charlie Chaplin’s childhood in Lambeth. With a drunken but charismatic actor father who was rarely around and a beautiful young actress mother who had three children by different fathers, Charlie and his big brother Sydney had to learn how to survive a very precarious existence. Sometimes fostered by other people, sometimes in a school for destitute children, sometimes separated from Sydney and sometimes living as a child on the street, Charlie nevertheless managed to become arguably the greatest film actor ever. Pete Talbot, the play's director, says, “When I wrote the play in 2019, I could not have known how apt it would be for today. The message of hope and triumph over pain, through the imagination and laughter, is really important for today because people are desperate to see theatre and escape for a while. That is why we must do it.” 

The play is full of music hall and silent movie magic and features Chaplin’s powerful classic music, ‘Smile’. Tickets are available from The Rudes' website, with your money back if you can’t subsequently come. Prices will favour people booking in bubbles – see the website for full details:

Contact Details

Tel 01323 501260