Upcoming Events

Bristol’s Slapstick Festival bring their celebrated annual Silent Comedy Gala to Bath with a screening of Charlie Chaplin's comedy masterpiece The Gold Rush (1925).

Experience the magic of Charlie Chaplin’s comic masterpiece, The Gold Rush (1925), on the big screen with an orchestral performance of Chaplin’s score played live! Hosted by silent comedy admirer, actor, director and writer Simon Callow.*
Accompanied by The Bristol Ensemble and conducted by maestro Guenter A. Buchwald, the evening will also feature two classic short film’s, Chaplin’s The Immigrant (1917) and a comedy from ‘the great stone face’ Buster Keaton, The Goat (1922).
*Work commitments allowing. In the unlikely event that Simon is unable to attend we will offer a suitable replacement. Previous gala hosts have included Rory Bremner, Victoria Wood and Marcus Brigstocke.

Neil Innes RIP

On 30th December 2019, we learnt the sad news that Neil Innes, long-time friend and supporter of the festival, had sadly passed away. Festival Director Chris Daniels made the following statement about Neil:

“We are deeply saddened to learn of Neil’s sudden passing. Neil was more than just a patron and a regular guest at Slapstick Festival, he was a real friend to us. His satirical genius through his songwriting, his eloquent lyrics and wonderful, intelligent observations engaged everyone who met or worked with him. You couldn’t wish for a more generous, good-hearted and warm natured human being.We will sorely miss his presence as one of the great satirical musicians of our time.

“Our hearts go out to Neil’s family.” – Chris Daniels

The music

Slapstick is always proud to present world-class live musical accompaniments for its silent comedy screenings, from solo piano improvisations to full orchestral scores and this year we have an exceptional line up of talent.

At our “Slapstick at the Cathedral” events led by Slapstick’s Musical Director, maestro Günter A. Buchwald we have the unstoppable four-piece ensemble The European Silent Screen Virtuosi (ESSV), in the form of Günter A. Buchwald (violin, piano), Frank Bockius (percussion) and Romano Todesco who return to provide accompaniment for the “Slapstick Divas”, the “Silent Comedy Gala” and “So This Is Paris” screenings during the festival. In addition we are delighted to welcome back pianist and composer Daan van den Hurk and our long-serving pianist John Sweeney as well as ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’s very own Colin Sell.

Volunteer with slapstick!

We’re always on the lookout for people who can help with the smooth running of the festival and with events we stage during the year.

No experience is needed and there are lots of diverse roles available, all of which provide valuable experience in the film, arts and events industries.

So if you or someone you know might be interested click the button below to drop Jacqui a line.


Rory Bremner: A Life In Satire
St Georges Bristol

Thursday 17 October – 8.30pm £20


Rory Bremner has been poking fun at the political establishment for more than 30 years and today, with Trump, Boris and Brexit, we need him more than ever!

But what about the man behind the impressions? Matthew Sweet (Night Waves, Front Row) invites us to peer behind the mask as he engages Britain’s indisputable master of satire and impersonation in conversation, discussing his fascinating career live on stage.

This is a pre-launch event for the 16th edition of Bristol’s Slapstick Festival in partnership with Festival of Ideas.

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