Slapstick Festival 2024

HUGH BONNEVILLE LEICA SL2 00365 v1 F Photo credit Gavin Bond

Slapstick Festival 2024

Featuring our long-awaited return of our cherished Gala to the venue where it all began, now renamed Bristol Beacon and looking and sounding truly glorious after its extensive refit.

This year we had over 30 unique comedy events and over the course of the week (Wednesday 14 to Sunday 18 February) we had many illustrious guests such as Samira Ahmed, Hugh Bonneville, Marcus Brigstocke, Terry Gilliam, Harry Hill, Robert Lindsay, Sylvester McCoy, Lucy Porter, Tim Vine and Adam Hills (to name just some).

As ever, the line-up is a mix of silent comedy classics and rarities accompanied always by world-class musicians; nostalgic revivals; honours for modern day artists keeping the slapstick spirit alive; fresh looks at beloved stars of the past and not one, not two, but three regional premieres.

To see what was included in out 2024 festival, take a look below.

HUGH BONNEVILLE LEICA SL2 00365 v1 F Photo credit Gavin Bond

None of the above would be possible without the kind support of our major sponsors (Aardman Animations and the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery); the many supporters who offer help in cash or in-kind and the festival’s volunteers, advisers, venues and crews. We thank you all!

Events in Slapstick 2023

Below are the events we put on in 2023 including our main Slapstick Festival!