Silent Comedy Gala at Colston Hall

Slapstick Silent Film Festival Comedy Gala 2016 - Charlie Chaplin The Kid

Slapstick Festival’s annual celebration of silent comedy returns to Colston Hall for a 12th year, beginning with a special triple bill.

Charlie Chaplin’s first feature film, THE KID (1921) is rightly considered a cinematic masterpiece. This is a UK premiere of Chaplin’s own score performed live by a 15-piece orchestra – the Bristol Ensemble.

The evening also features two other classic clowns: Charley Chase, and that great master of the stone-face, Buster Keaton, in their own silent mini-masterpieces.

This year our gala host will be none other than comedian, actor and writer Robin Ince, star of BBC Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage and a confirmed fan of slapstick comedy!

Capping off the evening will be a short set from Bristol’s finest comedy swing band The Hot Potato Syncopators.

The Hot Potato Syncopators

Tickets: £10 – £25 from Colston Hall box office. This spectacular event always sells out, so book your seats now before they’re all gone!


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Bristol’s 12th Slapstick Festival will take place on

20th – 25th January 2016 with more than 20 events over four days.

Take a look at the full programme today!