Slapstick Festival 2018

The Slapstick annual festival returns for a fourteenth edition, with another packed programme of extraordinary films, live musical scores, and special guests, and the 2018 programme at Colston Hall is the biggest to date.

Ronnie Golden slings on his guitar for a rock ‘n’ roll guitar masterclass / autobiography, James Dangerfield explores the life and career of Buster Keaton, Lee Mack pays tribute to the legendary Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, there’s a late-night screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show with original cast member Christopher Biggins, and the much-anticipated annual Silent Comedy Gala is this year hosted by award-winning punster Tim Vine, who introduces an incredible triple-bill of laugh-out-loud comedy classics all accompanied by live music.

Check out for the full 2018 lineup, or see below for the shows taking place at Colston Hall.


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Slapstick Festival 2018

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 festival commences on Fri 26 Jan with the annual Silent Comedy Gala, this year presented by the award-winning punster Tim Vine who introduces an incredible triple-bill of laugh-out-loud comedy classics all accompanied by world class live music. 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.

Following this opening night of on-screen classics is a feast of comedy gold. On Sat 27 Jan, James Dangerfield explores the life and career of Buster Keaton in a new musical featuring original music and songs and full of Keaton’s signature moviemaking magic. Following this musical opener, Ronnie Golden, often known these days as Barry Cryer’s uncivil partner in comedy, continues the musical theme as he slings on his guitar for a rock ‘n’ roll guitar masterclass / autobiography.

As we head into the evening, comedian and writer Lee Mack, best known for his sharp-witted stand up comedy and long running sitcom ‘Not Going Out’, hosts a one-off special event celebrating two of his comedy heroes  Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

To bring the day’s Slapstick comedy to a close, join us for a late night big screen experience of the classic cult musical comedy ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show‘. Get down early and enjoy anecdotes from original cast member Christopher Biggins as he joins us onstage to reveal his fascinating behind-the-scenes stories.

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How do I book?

Tickets for Slapstick Festival 2018 can be bought from the individual venue box offices hosting the events with the exception of Spite Marriage and The Kagools (on Thursday) which are both Arnolfini events, tickets for these events can only be bought from Colston Hall.

Festival Passes

If you’re as passionate about slapstick and silent comedy as we are then you might consider booking one of our festival passes to save money on events.

Colston Hall are selling all Slapstick Festival passes and there are two options: the Silent Comedy Pass featuring all 12 events held from Thursday to Sunday at Watershed and Arnolfini and our – not for the faint hearted- Full Pass which includes tickets to all 25 Slapstick events over five days and has the additional bonuses of premium seating at Bristol Old Vic and Colston Hall (i.e. great seats!) and a free 2018 Festival T-Shirt as a big ‘thank you’ for supporting the festival.

Silent Comedy Pass
Tickets to all 12 events from Jan at Watershed and Arnolfini.
Silent Comedy Passes are now off sale.

Slapstick Full Pass
Tickets to all events held at Watershed and Arnolfini PLUS all remaining tickets from the Friday night gala* at Colston Hall to the final event on Sunday evening at Bristol Old Vic (all 23 events).
Slapstick Full Passes are now off sale.

* If you have already purchased your Gala ticket please call Colston Hall Box Office to pay a discounted rate for this pass.

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