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Slapstick Festival Bristol, 2021

March 1 - March 7

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 17th year, the initial Slapstick was held in Bristol in 2005, this year’s festival will be an online event. Further details can be found here. The following information relates to the 2020 event.

Slapstick Festival Highlights

The festival is showing a programme of silent comedy at Watershed (23 to 24 January), as well as a programme of events at the Watershed and The Redgrave Theatre on 25 January, followed by a classic comedy TAKEOVER at Bristol Old Vic on 26 January.

The Festival actually commences on 18 January with the Cary Grant classic She Done Him Wrong (1933) at the Watershed, to mark the 116th anniverary of the actor’s birth in Bristol on 18 January 1904.

The programme on 23 January will include a tribute to Buster Keaton, French and European Clowns, as well as The Suffragettes in Silent Comedy, as well as Slapstick Divas hosted by Shappi. The following day will include Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and a screening of So This is Paris (1928).

Fans of The Goodies shouldn’t miss the comedy trio’s 50th Anniversary at the Redgrave Theatre on 25 January, while Stephen Merchant and Harry Hill will also be popping in on the festival. Paul McGann will host a Silent Comedy Gala, and Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden will celebrate 47 years of not having a clue.

When is Slapstick 2021?

1 to 7 March, 2021

Where is Slapstick 2021?

Streamed to your home – events previously weere held at Bristol Cathedral, Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol Old Vic, Watershed.

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

For full details of the festival line-up, as well as ticket prices, visit

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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