Chaplin - The Charlie Chaplin Story is a heart warming and powerful musical tale of the first true British icon of cinema. This fascinating story weaves through Chaplin’s early journey as a young boy through the dark streets of Victorian Vaudeville London to the glitz of early Hollywood.
Featuring an all star West End cast including Steven Arnold (Ashley Peacock in Coronation Street) as Chaplin’s brother, and a full array of amazingly talented Actor-Musicians (‘Once’, ‘Buddy’, ‘The Commitments’), this beautiful and hilarious musical play follows Chaplin through his early career, showbiz ambitions and often-fractious relationship with his mother, family and his first love. An untold story too fascinating to be missed!
"Captivating and filled with suspense" - Shropshire Live
"Bryan Hodgson was a revelation as Chaplin" - Malvern Gazette
Bryan Hodgson (Charlie Chaplin)
Training: Guilford School of Acting and Hull University.
Professional Credits Include: As an actor; A Christmas Carol (The Castle Wellingborough), Leader of the Pack (Waterloo East Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest - A Two Hander (Union Theatre, Waterloo East Theatre), Whistle Down the Wind (Union Theatre), Ludwig Live! (Leicester Square Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe), Comrade Rockstar (Workshop), A Rose Between Two Thorns (Waterloo East), Shakespeare for Breakfast (Blenheim Palace). As MD; Loserville (Union Theatre), IF - The Musical (GSA), Make Me A Mormon (Phesantry), Here's To Life (National Portrait Gallery). As Director; The Royal Wallevik Trio (Denmark Tour), Wind in the Willows (Waterloo East Theatre), Dorothy (Waterloo East Theatre). As Assistant Director; Casa Valentina (Southwark Playhouse).
Bryan is currently preparing to direct The Fellowship at the Hen and Chickens theatre in August.
Steven is best known for playing the role of “Ashley Peacock” in Coronation Street for Granada Television, a part he played for 15 years. He was nominated for Most Popular Actor at the National Television Awards in 1999 and Most Popular Actor at The British Soap Awards in 2003.
Steven’s other film and television credits include: “Lloyd” lead role in This Boy’s Story for The National Film and Television School which won the BAFTA for Best Short Film 1991. “Perry” in Blood Fued, King Brother Productions; Billy Ball in Womble, Best Picture Films;“Neil” in short film Growing Pains; Adam in Margie’s Garden, Anderson Shelter Productions;Chief Inspector Holt in The Blazing Cannons, Happy Pup Films; Michael in First Love, Best Picture Films; Mr Finchbottom” Justin’sHouse CBBC; “Rob” in The Bill for Talk Back Thames; “Stanty” in Common As Muck; “Neil” You Me And Marley; “Courier” Hetty Wainthropp Investigates; and as “Spike” in Casualty all for the BBC. For Granada ITV; Darren” in Medics and “Joe Lloyd” in Children’s Ward (Two Series.)
His theatre credits include: Bottom in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth) CSM Rivers in “The Accrington Pals” (Fairfield Halls,Croydon/Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield) Steph Aston in “Thick as Thieves” Best Fringe Production, Manchester Theatre Awards 2015 (Hardgraft Theatre Company, Oldham); “Terry Ravenscroft” in the Cissie and Ada (UK tour); Pop Larkin “Darling Buds of May” (Groundlings Theatre); Cubby Gordon in “Concrete Boots” (The Back Room Theatre Guildford) Shere Khan in “The Jungle Book” (Groundlings Theatre); PC Pong in “Aladdin” for First Family Entertainment (New Victoria Theatre, Woking); Doc/Scarecrow in The Wizard Of Oz (Cresset Theatre Peterborough); Smee in “Peter Pan” for Capitol Theatre, Horsham; “Speaker ” in Tales of the Street (Canadian Tour); Hickory/Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (tour); “Dandini” in Cinderella (Princess Theatre, Torquay); “Aladdin” in Aladdin (Grand Opera House, York) and “Jack” in Jack and the Beanstalk (King’s Theatre, Southsea)
As a Voiceover Artist, Steven has fronted various campaigns for radio and television and played “Ant” in the radio play Distance Between The Stars, BBC Radio 4.
Of the many highlights in his career, Steven was honoured to perform in the closing ceremony for the 2002 Common Wealth Games in Manchester in front of the HRH Queen.
Rachael Wood (Hannah Chaplin)
Rachael was born in Southport and trained at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts on the BA (Hons) in Performing Arts (Acting) course.
She has toured internationally as lead vocalist for the “Oriana Theatre Company” onboard the P&O Cruise Liner, as well as touring throughout Asia in the title role of “Little Voice” in Jim Cartwright’s “The Rise and Fall of Little Voice”.
Rachael was in the original UK tour of “Tonight’s the Night” in which she understudied and played the lead role of “Mary”, and has appeared in ITV’s “Emmerdale” as “Colette Coleman”. Other credits include "Snow White" in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" (Southport Theatre), a "nurse" in "Emmerdale" (YTV) and a TV commercial for "CSL Sofas".
Rachael now lives in Liverpool and has just completed studying for a Fellowship Diploma of the London College of Music (FLCM) in Music Theatre Performance which was approved in May.
Helena Gullan (Young Charlie Chaplin/Cast)
Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los Angeles (Acting Scholarship), Royal Holloway, University of London – BA Joint Honours Degree in Drama & Music (Choral Scholarship), Trinity College of Music, London – Violin and Voice Studies
Ireland’s Call The Musical (Fiddle player, Singer, Ensemble) - UK Tour (Prestige Productions), Once The Musical (Reza, Ex-Girlfriend - 1st covers) - West End and International Tour to Korea, Coram Boy (Onstage Chorus) - National Theatre, The Snow Spider (Eirlys) - Tristan Bates Theatre & UK Tour (Io Theatre Company), HMS Pinafore (Hebe) - Rosemary Branch Theatre (Charles Court Opera), What It Feels Like (Ensemble) - New Wimbledon Studio Theatre & Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Encompass Productions)
Television credits include Cardinal Burns (Channel 4)
Choral credits include recordings for Hyperion and Naxos, and many radio and television broadcasts.
Tristan Teller trained in classical music as a Major Music Scholar at Eton, at the Yehudi Menhuin School of Music and in stage and screen acting at Italia Conti. Tristan plays the violin, piano, guitar and alto sax. He made his acting debut at the age of 12 in Monk Dawson’s Film Furness.
Tristan works predominantly in film and television. Performances to note include: Luther, Eastenders, and Strictly Come Dancing for the BBC, William in Joyeux Noel, Adler Films and Rene in Delusions of Grandeur, Irregular Films.
His theatre credits include: the Summer Sonnet Season at Shakespeare’s Globe directed by Mark Rylance, Hamlet in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Dancing Shadow’s Theatre Company, Latour in Dark Nights of the Soul, Foolish People, Edmund in Shakespeare’s King Lear and Feste in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, The Wycombe Swan.
Tristan is currently co-writing the 2nd series of a comedy, which was originally inspired by his stage performance as the 17th Earl of Wandsworth.
Emma Whittaker (Mabel Normand/Cast)
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Theatre credits include:
Gatsby (Union Theatre); Merlin’s Apprentice (Brewhouse, Taunton); A Christmas Carol (Middle Temple Hall); The Snow Spider (Tristan Bates Theatre and UK Tour); Uncle Vanya (Theatre Collection).
Films and recordings include:
How Not To Disappear Completely - Winner of ‘Best Narrative Feature’ at the 2015 Arlington Film Festival (Beyond Mirrors); Around The World In 80 Days (Studio Recording, International Theatre & Music Ltd).