Victoria Wood, Reeves and Mortimer, Griff Rhys Jones for Slapstick 2015

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The UK’s biggest celebration of silent and vintage screen comedy – Slapstick – announces that Victoria Wood, Reeves and Mortimer,  Griff Rhys Jones and many VIP friends of the irreplaceable Viv Stanshall will be among the celebrities taking part in its Seeing Double programme at Bristol Old Vic in January.

A surprise twinning for Victoria Wood, a century’s worth of top comedy duos and a double salute to Vivian Stanshall, hailed by John Peel as the ‘court jester to the underground rock scene’ are among the latest events to be added to the programme of January 2015’s edition of the UK’s biggest festival of silent and vintage screen comedy – Slapstick.

The Bristol-based organisers of the 11th annual Slapstick have already announced that comedian, writer and In The Thick Of It actor Chris Addison will be joined by rock legend Rick Wakeman at the festival’s traditional opening gala at Colston Hall on Friday 23rd January.

Now details are being released of another eight celebrity-led events to be held at the Bristol Old Vic’s  theatre, King Street, Bristol, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 January where guests will include:

 

  • Griff Rhys Jones sharing memories of his ALAS SMITH & JONES partner, the late Mel Smith (and showing scenes from their unscreened sitcom);

 

  • Denise Coffey, Neil Innes and other celebrity friends recalling the many cult musical and screen creations of onetime Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band frontman and Bristol resident Vivian Stanshall –  killed in a fire 20 years ago;

 

  • The legendary Barry Cryer  – 80 in March 2015 – on his long association with the equally legendary Morecambe and Wise

 

  • Victoria Wood revealing her fascination for one of the comedy queens of early Hollywood, Gloria Swanson

 

  • The Goodies introducing more goodies from Laurel and Hardy

 

  • Comedy innovators Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer looking over a 20+ year body of work before receiving the festival’s latest Visual Comedy Award.

 

“There’s a Seeing Double theme to the next festival and I’m confident that events we’ve just announced guarantee that Slapstick 2015 will be double the fun and double the value. Not only are we celebrating some of the greatest comedy duos of the past 100 years – from Stan and Ollie to Vic and Bob – but combinations such as Victoria Wood and Gloria Swanson show that we’re also offering fascinating pairings and hugely enjoyable double bills.” – Slapstick director, Chris Daniels

The Slapstick at Bristol Old Vic bill will also feature a Top Comedy Moments slot on Sunday 25th January at which an as yet unnamed member of British comedy royalty will share excerpts from their favourite film and television comedies.

In addition bookings are now open for a later Bristol Old Vic-based event – on Friday 20th March – when just before the eve of his 80th birthday Slapstick favourite Barry Cryer will receive the festival’s highest honour – the Aardman Animations/ Slapstick Festival Comedy Legend Award.

Tickets for all of Slapstick’s Bristol Old Vic-hosted programme are on sale now at prices ranging from £10 – £15. To book, call the box office on 0117 987 7877 or visit www.bristololdvic.org.uk. For Gala bookings, see www.colstonhall.org

Slapstick is a not-for-profit venture run mainly by volunteers. The festival’s principal funders are Aardman Animations (www.aardman.com) and Creative England (www.creativeengland.co.uk).

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