Barry Cryer: Same Time Tomorrow

Barry Cryer: Same Time Tomorrow

With Bob Cryer

Wednesday 14th Feb.
16:15 Watershed
£8.50 (concessions £5.00)

National treasure Barry Cryer rarely missed a Slapstick festival and was as beloved by our audiences as he was by showbiz colleagues and the British public. In this event, Barry’s son, Bob Cryer draws on material from his highly-praised book – Barry Cryer: Same Time Tomorrow – the lives and laughs of a comedy legend – to share his personal memories and favourite Cryer gags with Andrew Kelly.

With a Q&A to finish, followed by a book signing.
In collaboration with Bristol Festival of Ideas
Approx event running time 70mins

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Leading Women: Exit Smiling (1926)

Leading Women: Exit Smiling (1926)

Cert 15
Wednesday 14th Feb. 14:00 Watershed
Dir: Sam Taylor 1926 USA 77mins
£11.00 (£8.50/ £5.00 concs)

Beatrice Lillie was already a stage superstar and billed as ‘the funniest woman in the world’ when she made her Hollywood debut in this film – her only silent and an early solo directing gig for longtime Harold Lloyd collaborator Sam Taylor. In it, she plays a maid working for a travelling theatre company who dreams of becoming a leading lady. But there’s a snag. Unlike Lillie, she can’t act. Various reviewers describe her as ‘wonderful, hilarious, mesmerising”.

Watch out too for Franklin Pangborn in a laugh-out-loud role which earned this film a place in TCM’s Gay Images in Hollywood series. With an onscreen introduction by Slapstick favourite film historian legend David Robinson and with live piano accompaniment from Daan van den Hurk.
Approx event running time 85 mins

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Slapstick’s Silent Comedy Gala

Hosted by Hugh Bonneville

Slapstick’s Silent Comedy Gala

The Gold Rush (1925) with live orchestra

Immerse yourself in the comic genius of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy and Buster Keaton at Slapstick’s screen comedy Gala.

Date: Friday 16 Feb 2024
Venue: Bristol Beacon
Time: 19:30
Music from the Shanghai Shuffle jazz band from 18:00
Price: £16.00 – £55
Early Bird offer: Book before Sun 1 Oct and get £4.00 off (not including concession tickets)
U18s: £5.00 off all ticket prices

Please be aware that Slapstick Festival Passes will become available shortly, and if you intend to purchase one, it’s worth noting that premium seats for the gala will be included.

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Hugh Bonneville (Photo: Gavin Bond)

Event Details

Get ready to step back in time and laugh your heart out at the 20th edition of our illustrious Classic Comedy Gala in 2024!

The 2024 Gala returns to Beacon Hall big screen outings of three laugh-out-loud silent comedy classics, all accompanied by world -class live music.
Hosting the evening is award-winning actor and star of the Downton Abbey and Paddington film series, Hugh Bonneville.

Topping the film bill will be Charlie Chaplin’s masterwork The Gold Rush (1925), accompanied by the 15-piece Bristol Ensemble playing Chaplin’s own score, conducted by musical maestro and festival friend Günter A. Buchwald.

Before this finale, the hilarious Laurel & Hardy short Big Business (1929) and one of Buster Keaton’s most admired and innovative short comedies, Cops (1921) will be screened.

To set the mood for the evening, Shanghai Shuffle (see below) will be playing in Bridgehouse (the foyer space at Bristol Beacon) from 18:00, providing a musical speakeasy atmosphere that captures the essence of the 1920s.

Dress for the occasion! 1920s/30s clothing and costumes very welcome (but of course, very optional).

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Shanghai Shuffle

Hot jazz from Shanghai Shuffle, a band seeped in an era of fast-paced, heavily syncopated music, all washed down in bath tub gin and French champagne. Close your eyes, have a cocktail or two, and it’s the 1920s not the 2020s.”

Shanghai Shuffle are a lively, upbeat 1920s jazz band with a distinctive flair for bringing this much-loved music alive, keeping it fresh and accessible to all generations. With some of the busiest swing musicians from the hottest jazz bands in town Shanghai Shuffle are regulars at The Old Duke and other local speakeasies as well as being in demand for Gatsby, Peaky Blinders events and all things 1920s”

Hot jazz from Shanghai Shuffle, a band seeped in an era of fast-paced, heavily syncopated music, all washed down in bath tub gin and French champagne. Close your eyes, have a cocktail or two, and it’s the 1920s not the 2020s.

So put down your noodle juice, get a wiggle on, grab your glad rags, and get out your gams, because if you know your onions then you’ll know that these Hepcats sure are the berries.

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Stand Out Stand Up For Slapstick

Hosted by Alexei Sayle

Stand Out Stand Up For Slapstick

With Henning Wehn, Zoe Lyons, Boothby Graffoe, Lucy Pearman & Charlie George

Another stellar line-up of comedians coming to The Hexagon!

Date: Friday 17 Nov 2023
Venue: Hexagon, Reading
Time: 19:30
Price: £28.50
Early Bird offer: Strictly limited amount of £4 off tickets are available.

This fundraising comedy event promises to be an unforgettable evening of laughter featuring some of the brightest stars in British stand-up comedy today.

Hosted by actor, writer and comedian Alexei Sayle, ‘Stand Out Stand Up’ features renowned comedians Henning Wehn, Zoe Lyons, Boothby Graffoe, Lucy Pearman, and Charlie George, each bringing their unique comedic styles to ensure a night filled with uproarious laughter and hysterical moments.

By attending this event, you get to enjoy a fabulous night of comedy and also to support Bristol’s fabulous Slapstick Festival, dedicated to celebrating silent and classic comedy.

Early bird tickets are still available at a discounted price, so don’t miss the chance to secure your spot for a night filled with riotous laughter and fun in Reading

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Please note: The host of ‘Stand Out Stand Up For Slapstick’ was originally advertised as Omid Djalili, who due to unforeseen circumstances has had to pull out of the event.

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Save the Date: Slapstick 2024

Save the Date: Slapstick 2024

Date: Weds 14 Feb – Sun 18 Feb 2024
We’re on our way back. Save the date!

More details of the 2024 events to follow!

*Slapstick Festival is a not-for-profit silent/classic comedy festival that’s been celebrating the finest in vintage comedy for almost two decades