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Slapstick Festival of Silent Comedy 2019, Bristol

February 10

Slapstick Festival

Fans of the silent screen should head to Bristol this January and February for Slapstick Festival 2019, a celebration of silent and vintage screen comedy.

Now in its 15th 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

There are more than 30 events spread across the festival, including the reunion of comedy duo Little and Large at the Bristol Old Vic on 18 January for An Audience With Little and Large: A Larger Than Life Story. Also appearing at the festival are Richard Herring, Tim Vine and Sally Phillips, who will discuss the career of Louise Brooks as well as introducing It’s the Old Army Gang. There will be a special screening of Harold Lloyd’s For Heaven’s Sake at Bristol Cathedral.

Other films screened include Chaplin’s: A King In New York and Modern Times, Buster Keaton’s Battling Butler, Laurel & Hardy’s Way Out West and Max Linder’s Les Deux Timides.

Goodies’ trio Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Bill Oddie will be united to chat about the good old days, and there will be a viewing of the Inbetweeners Movie, as well as a discussion on the success of the series. And with the original Dad’s Army movie, a discussion on the lost heroes of comedy and Tony Hancock featuring, at least in spirit, the festival promises to be a side-splitting success.

When is Slapstick 2019

16 to 20 January, and 10 February, 2019

Where is Slapstick 2019

Bristol Cathedral, Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol Old Vic, Watershed.

Tickets for Slapstick Festival

Tickets can be purchased for the events at

Slapstick 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 (



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