It is common knowledge that Stan Laurel was a Karno Comedian for a few years, but how much do you know about those years? For starters, just how many years was it? And just how much of that time was spent in the UK, and how much in the US? It's also widely known that Laurel was understudy to Chaplin in the sketch Mumming Birds, but is this the only Karno sketch in which these two played together? Well now you can discover exactly when, where, and with whom, Laurel spent his time in the Karno Company, by purchasing a copy of either or both of these book:
CHAPLIN - Stage by Stage
LAUREL - Stage by Stage
The books reveal when and how Laurel came to be interviewed by Fred Karno himself, and goes on to give nearly every single appearance Laurel, and Chaplin, made in the Karno Company, thereafter. All the towns/cities, and theatres at which they appeared, along with the other cast members; the contemporary newspaper reviews; the plot descriptions and, in many instances, extracts from the original scripts, are listed in detail.
Laurel's routes as he traversed the full width of the U.S.A., from New York to Los Angeles and back, are tracked in full. The reception given to the English Karno Company by American audiences, and the hardship they hard to endure, both on- and off- stage, is admirably recounted. All this - and so much more.
The books are richly illustrated with scrapbook cuttings; posters; programme notes; cast lists; line illustrations; cartoons and caricatures, and several previously unpublished photographs of both Laurel and Chaplin, which together give a unique and definitive account of those 'lost' years.
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