Slapstick Festival’sSilent Comedy Galafeaturing


Chaplin’s classic film
Modern Times (1936)
with live orchestra

Hosted by Marcus Brigstocke

Bristol Hippodrome, Sunday 10 February 2019, 7.30pm
tickets from £21.50-£46.50 plus booking fees

*VIP packages available

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“A Bristol Institution”
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Please note: All films classifications all ages welcome
(over 6 advised)  U

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Step inside the iconic Bristol Hippodrome for a mesmerising evening of live music to film in an event showcasing your all-time favourite comedy stars. This spectacular classic silent comedy gala is perfect for film and comedy fans of all ages.

Your host for the evening is comedian, actor and satirist Marcus Brigstocke. Highlights from the evening include a complete screening of Charlie Chaplin’s outstanding comedy masterpiece Modern Times (1936) on a vast HD screen while Chaplin’s own acclaimed score is performed live by a 40-piece orchestra: Bristol Ensemble conducted by maestro Guenter A. Buchwald.

In addition, there will be short comedies from Laurel & Hardy (Bacon Grabbers (1929))with the world premiere of a new score composed and conducted by Martin Pring from Bristol Ensemble and Buster Keaton’s The Scarecrow (1920) with live accompaniment from Stephen Horne. Finally, there will also be additional entertainment from the brilliant comedian magician John Archer and live pre-show entertainment in the foyer from Circomedia which will all go to make this a truly thrill-packed evening not to be missed.

Slapstick Sunday with Andy Day


Featuring Gertie the Dinosaur and friends onscreen
Bristol Hippodrome
Sunday 10th February 2019, 2 pm
Tickets £13.15* plus 
booking fees

Join popular children’s TV presenter Andy for a laugh-out-loud extravaganza film show created especially for your little ones.

Perfect for children, Andy will share some of his favourite funny film clips. He’s chosen a selection of hysterical silent comedies and animations to delight and entertain your children.

  • Watch and giggle at the best of Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and MORE!
  • Marvel at the world’s first animated Dinosaur in Gertie the Dinosaur (1914). 
  • Delight at Andy’s madcap antics and tongue-twisting raps.

In a bright and safe film world from the past, Slapstick Sunday with Andy Day captures young children’s imaginations and introduces them to the wonderful world of classic comedy.

Come and join the fun!

Anticipated running time: 60 mins

For all ages. 18 months and under go free!

*Limited Premium Tickets Available (£18.15 + booking fees)

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Slapstick 2019


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The 15th edition of Slapstick Festival to Bristol has now finished, but there is still the Silent Comedy Gala to look forward to on 10th February at Bristol Hippodrome, with a 40 piece orchestra and a rare live screening of Chaplin’s masterpiece MODERN TIMES. With CBeebies star Andy Day bringing his favourite Slapstick clips to younger audiences for a matinée on the same day, 2019 is a breakthrough year for Slapstick Festival.

The year’s main festival was divided between a strong archive programme of silent comedy at Watershed (16-20 Jan) and a classic comedy strand at Bristol Old Vic (18-20 Jan), with our guest curator Richard Herring programming a number of special events at the latter. 

From classic Laurel & Hardy shorts accompanied by a live piano, to behind the scenes chats with Dad’s Army vicar,  Frank Williams and the creators of the Inbetweeners, it was eclectic and sublime, with something to appeal to everyone. We even took Slapstick to Bristol Cathedral for the first year ever! And with 33 events over six days, it was our biggest Slapstick!

For this edition, many of our ‘family’ of special guests are returned including Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Kevin Brownlow, David Robinson and Lucy Porter. We were also excited to introduce brand new guests including Little & Large, Sally Phillips, Joe Thomas, Dad’s Army’s Frank Williams and veteran comedian Jimmy Cricket. 

Do check out a selection of photos from this year’s festival by clicking the button below.

Finally, people may have known our Guest Liaison team leader: Martin Hammond. Sadly, Martin passed away suddenly just after the last festival. A familiar sight at Slapstick, Martin is an irreplaceable figure. He will be sorely missed and we dedicated the 2019 edition of the festival to him. We’ll miss you, Martin!

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Silent Comedy Spectacular Hosted By Barry Humphries


Step inside the iconic London Palladium to be enthralled and entertained by your all-time favourite big-screen comedy stars from yesteryear, accompanied by a live orchestra.

A trio of silent comedies from comedy giants Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy, will be presented by multi-award winning, critically acclaimed performer, writer and silent comedy aficionado, Barry Humphries.

Experience the thrill of Buster Keaton’s most famous – and most dangerous – stunt, the house fall, in the outstanding comedy masterpiece STEAMBOAT BILL JR (1927). Presented on a vast HD screen, the movie will be accompanied live by The Bristol Ensemble, who will perform the London premiere of a new score composed and conducted by maestro Carl Davis.

Plus you’ll have the chance to enjoy short comedies from Laurel & Hardy and Charlie Chaplin, all with outstanding live musical accompaniment.
Barry’s special guests include comedy legend and national treasure Barry Cryer with his partner in musical comedy crime Ronnie Golden, along with showbiz legend, the inimitable Bernie Clifton.

This promises to be a unique and hilarious night to remember.

“If you’ve a shred of a sense of humour – this‘ll be one of the high points of the year”
– Sir Michael Palin.

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Volunteer Call Out


We’re always on the lookout for volunteers to help us out with Slapstick Festival.

There are lots of roles available so if you’d like to get involved there’s probably something for you!

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Laurel & Hardy Store


To celebrate Slapstick 2019, Laurel & Hardy Store merchandise will be available to purchase at the festival, including such items as t-shirts, mugs, prints, posters, novelty items, umbrellas, aprons and tea towels – all featuring our favourite comedy duo.

You can also buy items now from their website using the button below – and know that as an added incentive for you to get something Slapstick gets a small contribution towards the festival’s coffers from every purchase made via this link!

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