Slapstick adds live theatre to January 2018 line-up

Live theatre will form part of the programme when the UK’s biggest festival of silent and classic screen comedy – SLAPSTICK – returns to Bristol, from 25-28 January 2018.

For its 14th annual edition, the festival is adding two stage shows to its usual format of getting top entertainers of today to celebrate the best screen comedies and comedians of the past with a mix of personal stories, films, clips and TV extracts.

The first of the theatre event is on Thursday 25 January (9pm) when the award-winning physical comedy duo, The Kagools (Claire Ford and Nicky Wilkinson), present their delightfully funny and mischievous words-free show TUTTI at Arnolfini  

It will be followed on Saturday 27 (3.30pm) with the SW regional premiere of WHEN YOU FALL DOWN – actor, writer and singer James Dangerfield’s one-man musical about the life and work of one of the stand-out stars of the silent comedy film era,  Buster Keaton, in The Lantern at Colston Hall. 

The stage performances are among more than 20 events being put on in Bristol by Slapstick over the weekend of January 25 to 28. Other highlights include

·         Tim Vine hosting a gala triple bill of silent comedy classics starring Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy with live music from the Bristol Ensemble

·         Jo Brand sharing clips and memories of her favourite comedy actors and moments

·         Ade Edmondson and Nigel Planer re-uniting to look back at their work together on such 1980s TV hits as COMIC STRIP PRESENTS and in the spoof heavy metal band BAD NEWS

·         Christopher Biggins  giving an ‘I was in it’ introduction to a screening of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

·         A pratfalls workshop for children from Circomedia and a free Punch and Judy show presented in Bollywood style

·         Lucy Porter paying tribute to two of the silent film era’s most popular women comedy actors, as part of a Rare/Rediscovered /Restored strand which also takes in ‘lost clowns’ from Europe.

·         Barry Cryer remembering The Two Ronnies (Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett)

·         Lee Mack saluting the comedy of Laurel & Hardy

For details of the full Slapstick programme, and how to book, please see