As reported in The Guardian, at a ceremony on 14 June 2017, English Heritage unveiled a blue plaque to Charlie Chaplin at Glenshaw Mansions on Brixton Road in London, where he lived with his brother Sydney between 1908 and 1910. Today, the front door stands between a newsagent and a dry cleaners, but the building itself survives much as Chaplin must have known it, despite the bomb that fell just behind it during the Second World War.
English comedian, Paul Merton unveiled the plaque, saying, “I’m proud to be associated with the foremost comic artist of the first half of the 20th century. This unveiling will remind us of the humble origins from which he sprung.”
At the ceremony, English Heritage blue plaque panel member, Greg Dyke (pictured above) addressed the audience of Chaplin fans that gathered together for the unveiling, saying, “We are delighted to honour one of cinema’s greatest stars and the modest building he once called home.”
Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter Kathleen Chaplin was amongst the attendees. She is pictured below with her son Jaydn, French rap artist OGB (left), and Kate Guyonvarch, managing director of the Chaplin office (right)
The unveiling of the blue plaque was followed by a special screening of three of his shorts at the Ritzy Cinema on Brixton Road.
For more photos of the event, see our Facebook album.
For a bit of further reading, English Heritage has published some insights on how Chaplin, Dickens and other blue plaque recipients responded to London poverty in their work in a newly published article, Chaplin, Dickens and London Poverty.
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English Heritage will unveil a blue plaque to Charlie Chaplin at Glenshaw Mansions on Brixton Road, where he once lived with his brother Sydney, on June 14th at 2 pm. The unveiling will be followed by a special screening of three short films. Comedian Paul Merton will introduce Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914), The Pawnshop (1916) and A Dog’s Life (1918) at the Ritzy Cinema. The first two films will feature live accompaniment.
All are welcome at the unveiling and are encouraged to dress up as Chaplin’s iconic Tramp character. Tickets to the screening can be purchased on the Ritzy Cinema’s website.
DO YOU HAVE - OR KNOW ABOUT - ANY CHARLIE CHAPLIN AUDIO OR FILM?
Passion Pictures are excited to announce the production of a new feature length documentary about Charlie Chaplin. Two time Academy Award-winning Passion are based in London and are at the forefront of high-quality, award-winning cinematic documentaries. This film is being produced with the full approval of the Chaplin estate and directed by a multi-BAFTA nominated team.
They would love to hear from you if you own or know about any FILM of Charlie or AUDIO of him speaking (that is not owned by the Chaplin estate). They would also like to know about interviews with people who knew Charlie or commented on him publicly during his lifetime e.g. friends, employees, associates, rivals, and critics. Written transcripts of oral history or print interviews are welcome too.
Examples of the kind of thing that would be of interest:
* Home movies
* Rushes, outtakes, or behind the scenes footage on set
* Print interviews (newspapers, magazines) with Charlie
* Radio or TV interviews WITH CHARLIE or with somebody else speaking ABOUT CHARLIE
* A journalist’s private tapes recorded during an interview intended for print, either WITH CHARLIE or with somebody else speaking ABOUT CHARLIE
However, they do not require copies of Chaplin’s many wonderful films – thank you.
If you have any information or would like to offer some advice, they would be delighted to hear from you:
The Limelight theme, titled “Terry’s Theme”, was to remain one of Chaplin’s best-loved compositions, and became a popular song known as “Eternally” with lyrics by Geoffrey Parsons. In 1973, over 20 years after the film’s first release, Chaplin and his musical collaborators Ray Rasch and Larry Russell were awarded a belated Oscar for “Best Original Dramatic Score”, although it was later established that Russell Garcia and not Larry Russell had worked with Ray Rasch on the music arrangements.
In the coming days, we’ll publish a new track from the original soundtrack once a day on Youtube so you can listen from anywhere! Subscribe to our Youtube channel to keep up with our daily posts.
Pay Day (1922) was Chaplin’s last two-reeler, and casts him in an unfamiliar role, as a working man and hen-pecked husband. It proved one of his most trouble-free productions and shooting was completed in one month.
Fifty years after the film’s initial release, Chaplin returned to Pay Day in 1972 to compose a musical score with the help of his music associate Eric James. In one of the film’s memorable scenes, Charlie and his brother Sydney Chaplin sing “Sweet Adeline” with a group of drunks. Based on correspondence in the Chaplin archives, we know that it was of particular importance that this traditional tune be quoted in the film’s music track - Chaplin’s own mother used to sing it to him when he was very young.
In the coming days, we’ll publish a new track from the original soundtrack once a day on Youtube so you can listen from anywhere! Subscribe to our Youtube channel and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with our daily posts.