‘Are you ready for the Chaplin Boom?’
Shortly after Keystone Studios used that tagline to introduce their new upcoming star, Charlie Chaplin exploded on to the silent movie scene with his particular brand of slapstick comedy.
And now, 100 years later, Sheffield is preparing to celebrate the iconic English actor with a two-week festival in his honour.
The jam-packed programme of events will include viewings of Chaplin’s films – featuring his most famous persona ‘The Tramp’ – as well as a number of talks about his extraordinary life and work, that spanned 75 years.
The celebration will see three of Chaplin’s most famous films projected on to the side of Weston Park Museum for one night only.
The accompanying score for one of his films will be performed on the night by an orchestra made up of local musicians.
Several more of Chaplin’s films will also be screened at venues across Sheffield throughout the festival, including The Showroom Cinema.
Concerts Manager Stewart Campbell said: “2014 is the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘tramp’ character – arguably one of the most instantly recognisable characters of modern times with his familiar combination of moustache, bowler hat, baggy pants and large shoes.
“Chaplin was a true artist and one who exercised complete autonomy of his art, from conceiving artistic concepts, scripting, acting, directing, producing, editing and composing his own musical scores.
“Our festival examines many sides of this incredibly complex icon, combining visiting musicians and speakers of international renown with our own talented students.”