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Slapstick Festival Bristol, 2022

January 26 - January 30

Slapstick Festival

Fans of the silent screen should virtually head to Bristol this March for Slapstick Festival 2021, a celebration of silent and vintage screen comedy, and much more. Now in its 18th year, the initial Slapstick was held in Bristol in 2005.

Slapstick Festival Highlights

The festival is showing a programme of silent comedy at The Watershed, including Silent Ozu: Days Of Youth (1929); Max Linder: Be My Wife (1921); My Grandmother (1929); Chaplin: The Circus (1928); An Old Gangster’s Molls (1927); Lloyd: The Kid Brother (1927); W.C. Fields: Sally of the Sawdust; and The Patsy (1928).

In addition Tim Vine will salute the comedy genius of Kenny Everett, there will be an audience with Barry Cryer, and live performances will be given by Arthur Smith, Armando Ianucci and others.

Bristol Cathedral will be the spectacular setting for Slapstick Divas, David Mitchell’s Top Comedy Moments, and a Silent Comedy Gala.

All performances and indeed the festival are subject to whatever Government protocol applies at the time, so make sure you regularly monitor the official website.

Things to Do in Bristol

For ideas on fun things to do in Bristol check out the Visit Bristol website.

When is Slapstick 2022?

26 to 30 Jaunuary, 2022.

Where is Slapstick 2022?

Watershed, Gristol Cathedral, Redgrave Theatre, St George’s.

Tickets for Slapstick Festival

All tickets can be bought from the box office hosting the event, except for ‘Slapstick in the Cathedral’ (Slapstick Divas and Silent Comedy Gala) which can only be purchased from Watershed’s box office and website. You can also buy a Silent Comedy Pass or a Full-Festival Pass for all 26 events. Details can be found here.

Full Festival Line Up

You can download a pdf file of the complete festival line-up here.

For more information on Slapstick


A non-profit venture, Slapstick is supported by local businesses and local volunteers. Its main funders are the British Film Institute ( and Aardman Animations ( Cover photo: Buster Keaton in Our Hospitality (1923).


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