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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.
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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 coast. Most seaside towns would have a Punch and Judy show often performing, as in Brighton, on the seafront. At this time the crocodile began to appear in the show. Here's a Punch and Judy Show on Brighton beach,near 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 & Judy Show, performing to this very day - Keeping alive this great British tradition for the next generation!

Punch: A Star of British Entertainment for 350 years!

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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 Show
The place in the south east of England for booking a Punch and Judy Puppet Show.

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. The traditional puppet theatre or theater, Puppet shows for toddlers. Bexley. Bexleyheath, Biggin Hill, Birchington, Broadstairs, Bromley. Punch n Judy in Brompton, Punch and judy in schools and Punch and Judy for school and puppet shows for the classroom 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, hire a Punch and Judy Show or Book a Punch and judy show in Wigmore, Willesborough, Wilmington. Work in Oxford includes events in Bicester, Banbury, Henley on Thames, Thame. Many school shows in Milton Keynes, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Chester, Liverpool, Merseyside, Wirral, Deeside, Lancashire, Derbyshire, Buxton, Derby, Newcastle, Stoke, Stafford, Lymm, the National Trust, Staffordshire, Shropshire. One of the top performers in the country is Glyn Edwards of the original world famous Brighton Punch and Judy, Glyn Edwards is a master puppeteer and has written many books on Puppetry. Please note this is the Original Brighton Punch and Judy and is run by the celebrated puppeteer Professor Dill

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