Modern Times (1936): Certificate U

Feeling like a cog in a machine? In need of a laugh? A bit of romance? Charlie and Paulette will sort you out.

Come and see Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin’s greatest comedy, at Cheltenham Playhouse on Monday 24 January at 7:30pm. Presented by Eclectic Cinema, Cheltenham’s exciting new film club.

Tickets £7.50 from the Playhouse box office (01242 522852) or pay on the door.

In 1936, Charlie Chaplin, born in London, was probably the most famous performer in the world, but nobody had every heard him speak. For his first sound film, he wrote, directed and starred in Modern Times, a hilarious and insightful comedy about the modern industrial world of his day.

Forced to keep up with the machines in the factory where he works, a model worker is driven mad. He is sent to hospital, then prison, and then becomes unemployed. For a while, life looks grim. Then the Little Tramp meets a beautiful and spirited orphan (played by 25-year-old Paulette Goddard in her first lead role), whom he helps escape from the police. Chaplin and Goddard together celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Presented in a fully restored version in sparkling black and white on the big Playhouse screen.

A guaranteed evening of fun for all the family.

Get your skates on and join us at the Playhouse, Bath Road, Cheltenham on Monday 24 January at 7:30pm.