Yorkshire Silent Film Festival returns to Morecambe

Yorkshire Silent Film Festival returns to mark 125 years of the Winter Gardens



The new season of silent films with live music opens with a double bill of comedy classics in Morecambe this May.

Yorkshire Silent Film Festival returns to Morecambe in May to kick off a new season of live-scored silent films as part of Morecambe Winter Gardens’ 125th anniversary celebrations.


The first event, which takes place on Sunday 29th May, is a double bill of classic comedies featuring Laurel and Hardy, and Buster Keaton’s The General, all accompanied by live music. Audiences will be able to experience the magic of the golden age of cinema in Morecambe’s beautiful and historic Winter Gardens theatre.


The evening of comedy classics starts with a trio of Laurel and Hardy short films – Angora Love, From Soup To Nuts and Liberty. In true Laurel and Hardy style, whatever they get up to, they make a complete mess of it! The second show is Buster Keaton’s spectacular action masterpiece The General, packed full of beautiful visual comedy, daring stunts and nail-biting dramatic tension. Both screenings will be brought to life with live scores by Yorkshire Silent Film Festival’s expert improvising musicians, Jonny Best on piano and Trevor Bartlett on percussion.



These events, presented in association with More Music, follow Yorkshire Silent Film Festival’s successful first show at the Winter Gardens last year. In October 2021, hundreds of people attended a special Halloween screening of the creepy classic Nosferatu with music by Morecambe’s Off The Rails Creative Jazz Orchestra.


Yorkshire Silent Film Festival’s 2022 programme at Morecambe Winter Gardens will continue with more one-off events planned for the summer and autumn. Details will be announced in the coming months.


Jonny Best, artistic director, Yorkshire Silent Film Festival, said:

“We can’t wait to be back in Morecambe at the stunning Winter Gardens. It’s the perfect place to enjoy silent films the way they were intended to be shown, with specially created live music.


“The wonderful team of volunteers at the Winter Gardens, our partners More Music, and the Morecambe audience gave us a wonderful welcome at our first event last year. We’re thrilled to play a part in marking this marvellous theatre’s 125th birthday.”

Grade II* Morecambe Winter Gardens is one of the North’s most iconic buildings. It first opened its doors to the public on 17th July 1897 designed to be both a concert hall and variety theatre. The building is run entirely by volunteers and every penny spent goes towards running costs and ongoing restoration work.


Chair of Morecambe Winter Gardens Preservation Trust, Professor Vanessa Toulmin, said:

“We’re really pleased that Yorkshire Silent Film Festival is bringing more live-scored silent films to Morecambe. Laurel and Hardy played the Winter Gardens in 1947 during their UK tour so it’s great to have them back in our 125th year. It’ll be wonderful to see people enjoying classic comedies in our beautiful building once again.”


Tickets are available online now at www.ysff.co.uk or in person from Morecambe & Lancaster Visitor Information Centres.


These events are part of a year-round programme of live-scored silent film presented by Yorkshire Silent Film Festival across the North as well as an annual festival which returns in autumn 2022.


Yorkshire Silent Film Festival is supported with National Lottery funding from Arts Council England and Film Hub North.

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