Charlie and Stan performer in doghouse after inappropriate behavior
A performer of the new silent comedy Charlie and Stan is in the doghouse after inappropriate behavior.
Dog Reggie Wyndham, who played Charlie Chaplin’s pet, was fired from the show after repeated episodes of barking at the wrong time and becoming overly friendly with his Shep puppet liner.
The production said it made the “regrettable decision” to replace Wyndham just before the show began on July 17 at the Theater Royal Bath.
Producer David Pugh, who has already won two Tony Awards, said: “Reggie Wyndham’s behavior has become unacceptable because every time Stan Laurel is hit on the head with a frying pan, which is a lot, he barks. .
“Reggie has become very protective of Jerone Marsh-Reid, the actor playing Stan Laurel.”
Wyndham had been in rehearsal for three weeks before opening night, but repeated incidents left producers with no choice but to replace him with Shep the Puppet, whose tail had to be fixed.
Pugh added, “It was with great regret that we made this decision, but Reggie as a veteran of show business should know better.
Reggie sat peacefully in Nigel Havers and Sheridan Smith’s lap although he peed once on Gary Barlow’s leg, but the continued barking at the pan and the incident with the backing puppet could not be tolerated. “
The silent comedy, written and directed by Paul Hunter, follows the story of comedians Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel.
Danielle Bird plays Chaplin and Marsh-Reid plays Laurel.
Nick Haverson will play comedian Fred Karno and Sara Alexander will play all other roles, including Chaplin’s mother and the piano.