Only two more weeks & ten performances to go!

The season has raced through & we are now on the last two weeks with only ten shows to go, five of which are sold out. But there are still tickets for the other five. Check on ‘Book tickets’ where it’s still possible to go or email us on

NOTE ALSO! All the final performances start at 7.15pm not 7.30 because the nights are getting darker. 

The Rudes and the Rain!

What a summer! What with broken down vans and Covid, we have had in addition the wettest summer we can remember for a long time. But the show has gone down really well and one way and another we have been able to cope with wet nights, cancelled shows and constant transfers and refunds – and we are almost there. Three weeks to go and with the prospect of drier weather for the remainder of the tour! Most venues are now either sold out or well on the way but there are a few where you can still get tickets, so get buying.

Last night for our Milland show we had many phone calls asking presumably if it was still on after torrential rain all day, but we were unable to answer them because we were on the road with a two hour journey. So, our apologies for that. Just to remind you that we have a very small team & there is no-one in the office to answer calls if we are on the road and, although they are transferred to Pete’s mobile, if he is driving he can’t reply. However, just remember our policy. If we cancel we will ring you up (if you have included your number with your booking) as soon as we can after that decision or send an email, or both. So, if you don’t get a call or email then we are still hoping to perform. If it’s easy to make a decision early we will, especially if a long journey for us is involved. But if there is a thread of hope, we will wait. Our first priority is always to do the show if we can. Last night at Milland showed how important it was to wait. It had rained heavily for hours but we saw that little silver thead of hope & waited – and we were proved right. It basically dried up apart from a couple of short showers & we did it and a great time we had too.

We have had some excellent responses so far to our opening performances

Just to say we saw Little Lily Harley last night in Haslemere and it was pure bloody magic. So wonderful to see The Rudes on the road again, a special little piece of summer after a rubbish year. I hope the gods of weather smile on you for the rest of the tour – Drs Hester Wain & Graham Brown 

Congratulations and thank you!!  Last night was fantastic at Halnaker – our group enjoyed it so much – brilliantly done!  Now we’ll have to wait another year – can’t wait!! – Hazel Allinson

Thank you for a fantastic show last night in Haslemere – Jamie Hall

A really lovely evening at Haslemere yesterday. Congratulations to cast/crew for a wonderful performance, and to a guest appearance from Fosca! – Amanda Clegg

I watched the Rudes with a gang of us last night in Dial Post and it was amazing.  So good to have you back playing for us and as a big fan of Fosca, I was thrilled to see him! – Michelle Low 

Another success, absolutely brilliant evening well done to the gang. It was so good to go out and enjoy ourselves. Looking forward to the next one. Maybe you can do something with Charlie’s later life, that would be great fun – Pauline Saunders, Dial Post

Tickets on sale now!

Tickets are now on sale from this web site – Book tickets. Please read through the details.

What is ‘Little Lily Harley’ about?

‘Little Lily Harley’ is about Charlie Chaplin’s childhood in Lambeth. With a drunken but charismatic actor father who was rarely around & a beautiful young actress mother who had three children by different fathers, he had to learn along-side his big brother Sydney how to survive a very precarious existence. Sometimes cared for by other people, sometimes in a disciplinarian school for orphans & destitute children, sometimes separated from Sydney & sometimes living on the street (as a child!), he nevertheless managed to triumph over all this to become arguably the greatest film actor ever.

Hannah Chaplin, his mother (stage name ‘Little Lily Harley’ – & the play is as much about her), taught Charlie how to go, as we call it, ‘though the little door’ into his imagination. Here he could dream & be anything, rehearse the characters he met, especially their walks, & escape from his pain. She taught him this especially when she had to go away, sometimes into the workhouse & sometimes into mental institutions as she lost grip of reality, so that he didn’t miss her. By aged five when she had a memory lapse on stage at the Aldershot barracks in the canteen, he took over & won the audience back.

“When I wrote this play in 2019, I could not have known how apt it would be for today. The message of hope & triumph over pain, through the imagination & laughter, is really important for today because people are desperate to see theatre, escape for a while & feel what hope can mean. That is why we must do it!” (Pete Talbot – Writer & director).

In the meantime…

We will leave you with the poem that ends the first half of the play. Hopefully you will be able to understand the Cockney accent! It’s Charlie’s ‘muvver’ entreating her boys to stay strong, a message for us all at the moment.

When storms an’ tempests moan an’ crack,

When billowin’ winds blow bleak an’ black,

An’ ‘obgoblins an’ beasties squeal

So ‘ardened men in terror reel,

An’ rattlin’ squalls break limbs from trees

          An’ ‘earts… that are so dear to me!

When governments, aufori’ies,

An’ well-meant schemes, false chari’ies,

Drive the poor darn t’ their knees

An’ do it wiv impuni’y! –

When actions wound an’ words concuss,

An’ people start desertin’ us,

Pray tha’ they don’t, f’ pi’y’s sake!

But if they do, we… will… no’… break!

And one final little treat to keep you going!

But don’t forget, the ‘The End’ in this clip is not the end, just a new beginning! Click here 

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