SILENT COMEDY GALAwith special guest host (TBA)


An evening of classic comedy masterpieces including:
Buster Keaton’s SHERLOCK JR (1924), Charlie Chaplin’s A DOG’S LIFE (1918) and much more!

Friday 26th January 2018,  Colston Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £10.50 – £29.50*
Bristol’s stand-out annual comedy celebration returns for a fourteenth edition at Colston Hall – a unique celebration of the best onscreen classic silent comedy, live music and guest appearances by living legends of British comedy.

The host for this year’s gala show is soon to be announced and the film programme is an a incredible triple-bill of laugh-out-loud comedy classics all accompanied by world class live musical accompaniment.

Buster Keaton’s best loved and most innovative film Sherlock Jr (1924) joins Charlie Chaplin’s A Dog’s Life (1918) to headline the show with live music.

Sherlock Jr is accompanied by the world premiere of a new, semi-improvised score composed by Guenter A. Buchwald and performed by the renowned European Silent Screen Virtuosi and members of Bristol Ensemble. A Dog’s Life features Chaplin’s own composition for the film and will be performed by a 15-piece Bristol Ensemble conducted by maestro Guenter A. Buchwald.

Plus: Laurel & Hardy’s hilarious comedy short Angora Love (1929) and live performance from innovative, award-winning visual comedy performers The Kagools and with our exciting guest host this looks like being our finest and funniest Gala event to date!

Bristol Post writes The Slapstick Gala is “ a much loved Bristol Institution”. 

Book early to be sure you are a part of it !

Onsale to Colston Hall members on Thurs 7th Sept (10a.m.)

Full onsale Friday 8th Sept (10a.m.)
*Plus Premium Ticket packages available

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An Evening with Brydon, Mack & Mitchell


Would I Lie To You stars to support Slapstick!

Monday 30th October 2017, 8pm Hexagon, Reading – £25.00 plus booking fees
 Rob Brydon, Lee Mack and David Mitchell have agreed to put on a fundraising event at The Hexagon in Reading to help raise funds for the 2018 edition of Slapstick Festival. Funds raised will go towards core funding the running of the festival and help make 2018’s edition our very best yet.
We’re feeling extremely grateful to Rob, Lee and David for this generous offer of support.
Join Rob Brydon, Lee Mack and David Mitchell for an evening of chat, questions and generally messing around. In conversation with Radio 3’s (Free Thinking) Matthew Sweet.
UPDATE: This event has now SOLD OUT
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French & Saunders: Aardman Slapstick Comedy legend award 2017


Thursday 22 June,  Colston Hall, 7.30PM

This year’s prestigious Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award was presented to comedians and national treasures, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Hosted by Mel Giedroyc, the duo regaled us with accounts of some of the best bits from their 30 years of entertaining the masses through stage, TV and film.

We also had the pleasure of hosting guest well-wishers such as Ruby Wax, Miranda Hart, Joanna Lumley and Matt Lucas, before Dawn and Jennifer were presented their awards by surprise guest and winner of the 2013 Aardman Slapstick Comedy Legend Award, June Whitfield CBE.

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Slapstick Festival 2017


Slapstick 2017 (18-22 January) was our biggest ever festival with more events staged – and more guests attending – than at any previous edition. By all accounts, it was also our most successful festival ever – something our festival director, Chris Daniels, reflected on in a post you can read in full here, which also touches on the future direction of the festival.

Elsewhere on the site, you can find a selection of photos from Slapstick 2017 by our team of photographers, plus a ‘tribute’ to Donald Trump by Ronnie  Golden and Neil Innes (other video highlights from the festival can be found on our YouTube channel). Finally, if you want a trip down memory lane we’ve listed a few reviews of the festival by various media bodies on a blog which can be found here.

Meanwhile, our thoughts are slowly turning towards Slapstick 2018 which we’ll endeavour to, once again, make our best Slapstick ever!

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- 20 hours ago

.@EncountersSFF returns to Bristol tomorrow - cracking programme as ever, maybe see some of you down there?… https://t.co/04SK5fRivN
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- 1 day ago

#Throwback to Bristol in the early 1970s. Can anyone guess where in the city this was taken? #Bristoltb… https://t.co/J28jBtqnLD
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- 3 days ago

Our actual reaction to the fact it's the weekend! What are your plans? https://t.co/QjM1SgMOIH
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