Slapstick Festival

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Slapstick Festival

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Organisers of the UK’s biggest festival of silent and classic screen comedy – Slapstick – are promising to safely deliver a wide choice of live and online entertainments in Bristol this month with only some minor pandemic-sparked changes to its advertised programme.

Following talks with venues booked for Slapstick’s 18th annual edition, the festival team is leaving the bulk of its programme unchanged, with Ronni Ancona, Richard Herring, Armando Iannucci, Robin Ince, David Mitchell, Bill Oddie, Sally Phillips and Lucy Porter, among others, still making live appearances and the full schedule of silent film screenings all going ahead with the traditional live musical accompaniment.

The most noticeable revision is that the events planned for the Redgrave Theatre on January 29, including an audience with 86-yearold Barry Cryer, are being moved to March 27 and that the veteran film historian and Chaplin expert David Robinson, 91, will contribute online.

Updated versions of the festival’s brochure will be available from Tuesday 11 January via their website. Details are also being shared via the festival’s social media channels and venue websites.

Slapstick is a not-for-profit organisation. The festival’s principal funders are Aardman Animations and the British Film Institute.

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