Some of the biggest names in comedy will head to Bristol in January for another star-studded Slapstick Festival – the 10th in the series.
Barry Cryer, Omid Djalili, all three members of The Goodies, Harry Hill, Monty Python’s Terry Jones, Phill Jupitus, Paul McGann, Lucy Porter and Tim Vine are among the celebrity entertainers who will be in Bristol in from January 24 to 26 to help the annual festival of silent and vintage screen comedy – Slapstick .
The event celebrates its 10th birthday and kick-start a global series of events marking the centenary of Charlie Chaplin’s best-loved character: the Little Tramp.
Around 5,000 people from all parts of the UK and beyond are expected to attend Slapstick 2014 which 10 years on from its creation is now the biggest event of its kind in Britain and recognised internationally as one of the top comedy film festivals in the world.
One highlight of the festival’s 10th birthday edition will be a gala screening of Chaplin’s 1931 silent masterwork, City Lights, accompanied live by a 39-piece orchestra – the biggest to ever feature at a Slapstick event – playing Chaplin’s own score for the film.
Others include the premiere of ‘lost’ material starring Buster Keaton; Harry Hill making his Slapstick debut; Tim Vine encouraging a fresh look at the comedy of Benny Hill; Nick Park sharing the best slapstick antics of his Oscar-winning creation Gromit; discussions about Chaplin’s early years and how his Tramp became a global icon and a screening of Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, introduced by its director, co-writer and star, Terry Jones.
Unveiling the programme and new website, Festival director Chris Daniels says: “We’re thrilled that so many of today’s top comedy performers want to be part of Slapstick’s 10th birthday celebrations and of our centenary salute to one of the greatest comedy characters of all time, Chaplin’s Little Tramp.
Ten years ago, Slapstick was a tiny event struggling to keep the love of classic comedy alive. Now people of all ages come from all over, knowing that they’ll get a weekend full of laugh-out-loud enjoyment in the company of some of our best known and best loved entertainers.”
Tickets for all Slapstick 2014 events are on sale now via www.slapstick.org.uk and at whichever of the city centre venues – Arnolfini, Bristol Old Vic, Colston Hall and Watershed – is hosting a particular event. The box office at Colston Hall is also selling a Festival Pass, granting admission to all Slapstick shows, including the Gala on Friday 24 January, hosted by Omid Djalili.