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Sunday 19 May 2024, 4pm

Music for Silent Movies: A Comedy Triple Bill

Music for Silent Movies: A Comedy Triple Bill

Presented by Saffron Hall

Tickets from £10

Price includes a commission of £1.00

Music has always been an essential element of the cinema-going experience. Before the advent of the ‘Talkies’, a pianist employed by the cinema would improvise a soundtrack to silent movies.

Pianist, composer and much-loved broadcaster Neil Brand recreates the experience a century on from the golden age of the silver screen silent comedies. Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp initiates the greatest roller-skating chase of all time, Buster Keaton unwittingly ends up as a paid assassin for a bunch of crooks (and features in another breathtaking chase sequence) and Harold Lloyd’s bespectacled lovelorn hero dodges girders and cranes on a half-built skyscraper high above Los Angeles. The three undisputed giants of the silent film comedy come together in one spectacular display of improvisation, imagination and film-making genius from the early days of cinema.

Performance information

Running time

To be confirmed

Booking information


Under 25s can purchase half price tickets for this show.

Ten for £10

This event is part of our Ten for £10 scheme. We will release ten £10 tickets for sale at 10am on the morning of this performance.


Shuttle bus

The shuttle bus won't be running for this event

Programme and performers


  • The Rink 1916, Charlie Chaplin 24 mins
  • The High Sign 1921, Buster Keaton 21 mins
  • Never Weaken 1921, Harold Lloyd 29 mins


  • Neil Brand piano/presenter

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Information for your visit

Sunday 19 May 2024, 4pm


All timings are approximate and will be updated closer to the show date. Please check the website on the day of the performance for up-to-date information.

Latecomers can usually be admitted at a suitable gap within the performance.

When to arrive

3pm - 3.45pm
We have over 400 free parking spots for anyone driving.

Foyer opens

Enjoy a drink at the bar before the auditorium opens.

Auditorium opens

Get your tickets ready for checking, find your seats, sit back and relax.

Show starts


Show ends

To be confirmed


Saffron Hall

Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4UH


Shuttle bus

The shuttle bus won't be running for this performance
More info

Additional information


For this event, you're welcome to bring drinks purchased from our bar into the event with you.


We are unable to allow any bags into the performance space which are larger than a hand bag or small backpack. Unfortunately our cloakroom will not be in operation.

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