A week in the life of Napoleon Disrobed
We get a look inside Told by an Idiot's latest historical caper
What if Napoleon didn't die? That's the question at the heart of the new comedy Napoleon Disrobed, currently running at Theatre Royal Plymouth ahead of a UK tour and a run at London's Arcola Theatre. Produced by theatre company Told by an Idiot and directed by Kathryn Hunter, the show is based on the novel The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys.
The show stars Paul Hunter (Told by an Idiot artistic director) and Ayesha Antoine (Red Velvet), with Hunter assuming the mantle of the historical figure, while Antoine covers all the other characters throughout the show. We caught up with the company to see how their opening week in Plymouth was going.
Keen and full of caffeine
ND: "Wide awakey – let's get to it! Ayesha Antoine (after her first cup of coffee) having a bit of a stretch."
Making a play by the bay
ND: "Not a bad spot to have an Idiot's staff meeting …the calm before the …"
ND: "Rehearsals gearing up to the first preview at Theatre Royal Plymouth …Paul is holding onto that thought..."
ND: "Final costume decisions…"
A healthy diet
ND: "First preview cards and presents, cupcakes and Plymouth gin, two of our five a day in Devon!"
ND: "First preview, curtain up and audience awaits the comic alternative history of what could have happened to Napoleon."
Job well done!
ND: "Full Company out enjoying the nightlife in downtown Plymouth."