When you Fall Down – The Buster Keaton Story

18 - 19 November 2018

by James Dangerfield


Through slapstick, songs and soft shoe shuffle, follow the triumphs and trials of silent film star Buster Keaton making his iconic movies.

As the world whirls around, with his marriage failing, his best friend on trial, his career in danger and turning to the bottle, Buster must hit his mark as he films his most dangerous ever stunt.

With music, mime, magic and re-creations of Buster’s routines, this show is a tribute to “The Great Stone Face”; a man who always got back on his feet, no matter how many times he fell down.

When You Fall Down has been performed at theatres around the UK, with sell-out shows in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe. The show has been invited to appear on Edinburgh’s Pick of The Fringe, at The Slapstick Festival in Bristol and West End venue The Other Palace. It has travelled to Paris and to the US, where it was watched by Buster’s own family.

After sold out shows at The Tabard in April, Buster returns with two more chances to see this unprecedented, award-winning musical.

Winner of ThreeWeeks Editors’ Choice Award 2018

Musical Theatre Review’s Best Musical at The Fringe Nominee 2018

Winner of The International Buster Keaton Society’s Scholar Award 2017.


★★★★★ “This exquisite new one-man show… riveting”. ThreeWeeks

★★★★ “It’s a thrilling 50 minutes… I urge you to see it.” LondonTheatre1

★★★★ “Amusing and heartbreaking… wonderful performance.” Voice Mag

★★★★ “An impeccable performance and a sublime show”.  Mind The Blog

★★★★ “Entertaining, engaging and full of charm”.  LondonTheatre1

★★★★ “Loose-limbed clowning and sketch re-enactments… a joy to watch.” Reviewsphere

★★★★ “A wide range of impressive techniques”.  London Theatre Reviews

The performance is 50 minutes long