Slapstick Home 2020

Stephen Merchant’s
Laurel & Hardy Classics

25 January 2020
Redgrave Theatre


Upcoming Events

Slapstick Take Over 2020


Seven unique comedy events in just one day at Bristol Old Vic and two cracking comedy outing at The Redgrave Theatre, what were we thinking!?

No time to ponder that, so jump in and join us for a riotous Slapstick Takeover that promises a large helping of classic comedy with a generous side order of nostalgia. And when we say ‘generous’, we mean: comedy mega stars Rob Brydon, Harry Hill and Stephen Merchant along with Barry Cryer, Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Robin Ince. You’re welcome.

Slapstick Festival Home

Join us for Laughter in Lockdown!

We invite YOU to join us for some much needed distraction from the COVID-19 pandemic and laugh in the face of adversity.

If you would like to support the Slapstick Festival, please consider a donation via the Paypal link below:

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From Thursday 9th April 2020 we’re aiming to bring laughter directly into your homes by releasing a filmed archive recording of one classic Slapstick event a week.

We’re really excited as this is the first time we’ve ever opened the doors to the magic of our recorded archive of silent, classic and visual comedy.

Your first treat is a recording of the Eric Sykes Visual Comedy Legend Award Show from 2009 when he was interviewed by Goodie and festival patron Graeme Garden. You’re welcome!

More details on our Laughter in Lockdown programme, all of which you’ll be able to stream for free via YouTube, can be found here.

For regular updates on the latest archive release please subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Slapstick’s Big Comedy Bash will be back!

Given the present global situation, we are in the process of rescheduling our special fundraiser The Big Comedy Bash which was due to have happened at The Hexagon Reading on 29 April 2020.

We are discussing new dates with the same comedy stars who were booked to play the now-cancelled show, as well as some of the festival’s other celebrity fans, to present a rescheduled event towards the end of this year, hopefully in October and November.

We will announce the new date as soon as it is safe/possible. Watch this space for updates or keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Thanks for your understanding and continued support.

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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