The triumphs and trials of the silent era’s greatest star, told for the first time as a stage musical.
Through slapstick, songs and soft shoe shuffle, When You Fall Down tells Buster’s tale from his first movie-making experience in 1917, to his signing by MGM 11 years later.
We follow Buster’s personal and professional triumphs and trials as he films his iconic movies. As the world whirls around him, his marriage failing, his career at threat and turning to the bottle, Buster must hit his mark as he films his most dangerous ever stunt. With mime, magic, re-creations of Buster’s tricks and footage from the films, When You Fall Down is a tribute to “The Great Stone Face”; a man who always got back on his feet, no matter how many times he fell down.
When You Fall Down comes to The Other Palace for the first time, following performances at the start of July in Paris, France. In August it will be appearing at The Pleasance, Edinburgh. The show has appeared to sell-out audiences across London, was invited to this year’s Slapstick Festival in Bristol and has been performed in the US, including for Buster’s own family. The International Buster Keaton Society endorses this unprecedented one-man musical, telling Buster’s amazing tale.
A must see for fans of musical theatre, classic movies, remarkable true life stories, or just a good old fashioned pratfall!
“Entertaining, engaging and full of charm.” ****
“For anyone who is an admirer of Buster Keaton’s work, loves the silent movie era or just likes a good musical, this show is for you.” (London Pub Theatres)
“When You Fall Down is a triumph, a must see for silent film buffs and a gateway for the initiated to Buster Keaton’s comic brilliance.”
“James Dangerfield captures the essence of Buster Keaton, one of the greatest film-makers and comic artists in movie history.” (Binnie Brennan, Keaton author)
Times & Prices
Wed 18 Jul, 8pm
50 minutes (no interval)
Studio Floor: £10
Studio Gallery: £15
Studio Upper Gallery: £10
Studio Standing: £8
*All prices are subject to availability, may only be available on certain performances and are subject to change without prior notice.