TV comedian Paul Merton hits Huddersfield this weekend.
And he will be bringing with him a host of famous film stars.
Merton plans to introduce a series of old silent comedy films in town this weekend.
The star, famous for shows Have I Got News For You, and Room 101, will talk about film favourites such as Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy, at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
Merton said: “I love silent films.What I love above all is their concentration on the visual.
“The stars of those films – Keaton, Chaplin, Lloyd, Laurel and Hardy, were totally committed to their work.
“They were brilliant physical performers, who were perfect for silent films.
“Keaton made two films a year for a producer who let him do whatever he wanted. He had a creative freedom that filmmakers never get nowadays.”
The movies will be projected on the large screen at the Queen Street theatre with live accompaniment from world-renowned pianist Neil Brand.
Merton said: “Silent films are just so exhilarating – particularly when accompanied by music.
“It’s totally different from watching a silent film on TV or on your own or with some god-awful organ music in the background. It’s such an uplifting experience.
“It’s intriguing how much music changes the whole experience. It can alter the entire mood of a film – it can make it upbeat or downbeat.
“When you have live music, it becomes a completely different form of cinema.
“People call it ‘living cinema’, and you can see why. The music is happening there and then, and it’s crucial to the success or failure of the film.”ŠŠ
Feature-length comic masterpiece Steamboat Bill Junior will be shown in full on Saturday night.
The film is famous for the moment when a building collapses and star Buster Keaton narrowly misses injury via an open window.
Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns will show at the Lawrence Batley Theatre this Saturday, April 25.
Tickets are £14, £12 concessions and children £8.
Call the box office on 01484 430528 or visit www.lawrencebatleytheatre.co.uk