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Slapstick Festival

The Cat & The Canary

With Robin Ince and Alasdair Beckett-King

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A vintage movie poster showing a person cowering away from a creepy hand with sharp, pointed nails. Text reads: The Cat and the Canary

Kicking off Slapstick’s Silent Comedy Horror strand, get ready for a spine-tingling night of laughter and suspense with the pioneering silent comedy-horror The Cat & The Canary (1927), hosted by author-comedian Robin Ince and youtuber-comedian Alasdair Beckett-King.

Surviving relatives gather at a creepy mansion for a will reading, but something sinister lurks in the shadows. Its seminal influence can be seen in the development of the horror genre, making it a significant and historically important work.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this cinematic milestone, accompanied by a haunting live piano and violin soundtrack from maestro Guenter A. Buchwald .

Presented by Slapstick Festival

Format: Reserved seating

Ages: Rated 12A, suitable for children aged 12 and over


Performance Times

Doors: 18:30
Introduction: 19:00
Film Screening: 19:10 (80 mins)
Finish: 20:30

Approx event running time 90mins.

All timings are approximate and subject to change.

“The definitive ‘haunted house’ movie”

The Time Out Film Guide

About Lantern Hall

Bristol’s home of dazzling new music

The venue

Lantern Hall

at Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Lantern Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.

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Spaces for wheelchair users are available within the first 10 rows on the flat floor of the Hall.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in rows AA-J on the flat floor are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

Hearing Facility

A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)

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