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Slapstick Festival Bristol, 2020

January 23 - January 26

Slapstick Festival

Fans of the silent screen should head to Bristol this January for Slapstick Festival 2020, a celebration of silent and vintage screen comedy, and much more.

Now in its 16th year, the initial Slapstick was held in Bristol in 2005. The festival will include screenings, talks and celebrity guest events, as well as new musical scores to silent classics.

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 2020

23 to 26 January, 2020

Where is Slapstick 2020

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

Hotels in Bristol

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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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