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__History of Punch and Judy Puppet Shows in Great Britain

Mr Punch early portrait
Early Punch
Punch gave his first recorded British performance on May 9th 1662.
It was in Covent Garden, London. 

He was a character from the Italian Commedia dell’Arte. His name was Puchinella. The man who pulled his strings was the Italian puppeteer Signor Bologne, and in 1662 the show received a rave revue in Samuel Pepy’s diary.

Puchenella, who was famous for his  squeaky voice and beak-like nose, got his name from the word ‘pulcino’ meaning chick. The English took to calling him “Punch”.

His voice was produced by the use of a closely guarded trade secret - a small device called a swazzle.

The intervening 347 years have been very good for Mr Punch. From his very first performance in London, to the present day. His career, as a popular British entertainer, has gone from strength to strength.
punch and judy fishing museum brighton beach 1908
Later Punch
By the late 1700‘s Punch was already a household name. Around this time marionette companies gave way to glove puppet shows. But, even as Punch lost his strings, his grip on the British imagination only became more powerful.

The Victorians loved Mr Punch, his shows could be seen in every town in the country. He also began his move to the seaside. Most seaside towns during the Victorian period would sooner or later hire a Punch and Judy show often performing, as in Brighton, on the seafront. It was at this time that the crocodile began to appear in the show. Here's a postcard - A Punch and Judy Show on Brighton beach, opposite the Fishing Museum, dated 1908.
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Modern Punch
The anarchic Mr Punch has continued to entertain Britons through two world wars, and countless generations.

His unique brand of mischief has captured the imagination. He has inspired ballets, operas and films. His face can be seen on postage stamps, greeting cards, record sleeves, pub signs and of course, there is always the famous satirical magazine...

In The Brighton Punch and Judy Show, Professor Dill's modern Punch and Judy stays true to the spirit of the original historical show, with it’s colourful characters, and slapstick knockabout.

Brighton sea front has always enjoyed a long line of Punch and Judy men, women, and families. And we are very pleased to report you
can still see the wonderful puppetry of the Original World Famous Brighton Punch and Judy Show - performing to this very day - Keeping alive this great tradition for the next generation!

Punch: A Star of British Entertainment for 349 years!


We perform Punch and Judy Shows all over the UK and also abroad
Please contact Professor Dill at Brighton Punch and Judy East Sussex
To book a Punch and Judy show

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Brighton Punch and Judy are happy to book childrens puppet shows in Essex including: Barking, Basildon. Benfleet, Billericay, Braintree, Brentwood, Buckhurst Hill, Burnham on Crouch, Canvey Island, Chelmsford, Chigwell, Clacton, Clacton on Sea, Colchester, Dagenham, Dunmow. Epping, Frinton, Frinton on Sea, Grays, Halstead, Harlow, Harwich, Hockley, Hornchurch, Ilford, Ingatestone, Leigh, Leigh on Sea, Loughton, Maldon, Manningtree. Ongar, Purfleet, Rainham, Rayleigh, Rochford, Romford, Saffron Walden, South Ockendon. A puppet show for children in Southend, Southend on Sea, Southminster, Stanford le Hope, Stansted, Tilbury. Upminster, Waltham Abbey, Walton on the Naze, Westcliff on Sea, Wickford, Witham, Woodford GreenWe also are popular street entertainers in Kent: Ashford, Aylesford, Beckenham, Belvedere. Puppet shows for toddlers. Bexley. Bexleyheath, Biggin Hill, Birchington, Broadstairs, Bromley, Brompton, Canterbury. Chatham, Chislehurst, Cranbrook, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Edenbridge, Erith, Faversham, Folkestone. hire a punch and judy today, live street entertainment in Frindsbury, Gillingham, Gravesham. Gravesend, Greenhithe, Herne Bay, Hextable, Hollingbourne, Hoo St Werburgh, Hythe, Isle of Sheppey, Isle of Thanet, Keston, Longfield, Maidstone, Malling, Margate, Medway, New Romney. Northfleet, Orpington, Queenborough, Rainham, puppet entertainer in Ramsgate, Riverhead, Rochester, Romney Marsh, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Sandwich, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sheppey. Shepway, Sidcup, Sittingbourne, Snodland, Southborough, Strood, Swanley, Swanscombe.Tenterden, Thanet, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Walderslade, Welling, West Malling. West Wickham, Westerham, Westgate on Sea, Whitstable, Wigmore, Willesborough, Wilmington.

You can always find a Punch and Judy Puppet Show or Hire a Punch and Judy Show here.
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