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Rave Reviews
Paul Merton's Silent Clowns Tour
April to July 2009

Paul Merton's celebration of silent comedy is a joy to behold: eclectic, exciting and heavy on laughs... Harrogate Advertiser
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Merton chose his film shorts with impeccable judgement... York Press
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These films are still surprisingly funny, they're still full of tension and they're utterly brilliant... Reading Evening Post
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Merton's loving commentary, and some pristine prints, concertina a century of entertainment, and make these clowns live again... Guardian at Glasgow Film Theatre
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We are at Paul Merton's Silent Clowns show - his tribute to early 20th-century wordless comedy - and this is the joy of slapstick in action... Guardian at Theatre Royal Bath
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The comedy of slapstick and pratfalls may seem unsophisticated to modern tastes but in Paul Merton's show Silent Clowns, staged in Canterbury last night, the comic brings alive the appeal of early film comedy... - Your Canterbury
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It was a refreshingly different form of entertainment, with a touch of nostalgia from a bygone era... Leicester Mercury
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Public Reviews Rating:
As part of the 25th Leeds International Film Festival, in a one night event only, comedian Paul Merton collaborated with a group of musicians, including Neil Brand, Romano Todesco, Denis Biason, Frank Bockius and Günter Buchwald, to present Silent Clowns. ...click to Read Review

Paul Merton's Silent Clowns Tour 2009

One of the most memorable images from all of silent comedy is Buster Keaton standing in the middle of a street as the whole front of a house falls towards him. He escapes serious death by inches as the open window falls in exactly the right place. This stunning moment occurs in Steamboat Bill Junior's climatic storm sequence.

In 2007 I showed this film to 1,500 people at The Colston Hall in Bristol. The spontaneous round of applause that rang around the hall as Buster stepped safely away from the wreckage will long remain in my memory. Steamboat Bill in Buster's last independent feature and is one of his very best. I will show it in its entirety in the second half of my Silent Clowns show. In the first half I will show extracts of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy as well as a couple of Curios from the very early days of French cinema. In between will be entertaining chat.

As on the last tour, Neil Brand will accompany the films beautifully on the Grand Piano. I f you have never seen silent comedy on a big screen with a big audience and great live music you will be amazed. If you have seen it before you will need no further persuasion from me.

April 2009
Fri 3 Belfast Film Festival   02890 330443
Sun 5 Bath Theatre Royal   01225 448844
Tues 7 York Grand Opera House 0844 847 2322
Wed 8 Durham Gala Theatre 0191 3324041
Fri 10 Birmingham Alexandra Theatre 0844 847 2294
Sat 11 Leicester De Montford Hall 0116 233 3111
Sun 12 Buxton Opera House 0845 127 2190
Tues 14 Reading Hexagon 0118 960 6060
Wed 15 Canterbury King's School 01227 787787
Fri 17 Perth Concert Hall 01738 621 031
Sat 18 Aberdeen Music Hall 01224 641122
Sun 19 Inverness Eden Court 01463 234234
Tues 21 Dundee Caird Hall 01382 434940
Wed 22 Glasgow Film Theatre 0141 332 653
Fri 24 Cheltenham City Hall 0844 576 2210
Sat 25 Huddersfield Batley Theatre 01484 430 528
Sun 26 Lincoln Drill Hall 01522 873894
Mon 27 Harrogate Theatre 01423 502 116
Tues 28 Preston Charter Theatre 01772 258858
Wed 29 Derby Assembly Rooms 013320255800
Fri 1 Barnstaple Queens Theatre 01271 32 42 42
Sat 2 Salisbury City Hall 01722 434 434
Sun 3 Exeter Northcott theatre 01392 493 493
Mon 4 Bournemouth Opera House 08701 98 98 98
Tues 5 Weston Super Mare Playhouse 01934 645 544
Wed 6 Yeovill Octagon Theatre 01935 422884
Thur 7 Fri 8 Worthing Assembly Hall 01903 206206
Sun 10 London Hackney Empire 020 8985 2424
Tues 12 Croydon Fairfield Halls 02086889291
Wed 13 St Albans The Alban Arena 01727 844488
Fri 15 Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall 01892 530613
Sat 16 Basingstoke The Anvil 01256 844 244
Sun 17 High Wycombe Wycombe Swan 01494 512 000
Sun 7 Newbury Comedy Festival 01635 522733