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Charlie Chaplin Modern Times

Charlie Chaplin Modern Times

Charlie Chaplin Modern Times


Comedy. Physicality. Laugh out loud hilarious.

Who’s on Stage

Royal Northern Sinfonia with a guest conductor who specialises in performances of classic film music, Stefan Geiger.

What they’re playing

Charlie Chaplin’s soundtrack to his film, Modern Times, written by the actor himself and performed to a live screening of the movie.

Need to know

Price: £18

Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes, no interval.

Age: Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

What you'll hear

Charlie Chaplin Modern Times


Who's playing

Stefan Geiger conductor
Royal Northern Sinfonia

What's happening in the music?

Modern Times is, on the surface, a typical, very physical, Chaplin comedy, but it has some very serious underlying messages. It explores the conflict between man and machine and the affects of automation on work. With the rise of AI, this film has lost none of its topicality…

Chaplin’s music beautifully underpins the film, essential in coveting its humour, emotion and powerful themes.

An all-time great

Modern Times is often seen as one of the greatest films of all time. Film review site Rotten Tomatoes has an approval rating for it of 98%, with it’s own review saying “”A slapstick skewering of industrialised America, Modern Times is as politically incisive as it is laugh-out-loud hilarious.”

Whistle while you work

Chaplin played the violin and had some musical knowledge, but it didn’t extend to writing out music for a full orchestra. So he used to instead sit (often in the bathroom) and whistle or hum the tunes as they came to him. His assistant, composer David Raskin would then take these raw tunes and write them out for orchestra, working out how they’d synchronise with the action.



Take a listen

Modern Times © Roy Export S.A.S.
Music for Modern Times Copyright © Roy Export Company Ltd. and Bourne Co.
Charlie Chaplin™ © Bubbles Incorporated S.A.

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