Happy Birthday, Mr. Punch!

The Big Grin Birthday 2012 celebrated 350 years of Mr Punch in London, right where it all began. International performances and a parade of the largest ever gathering of ‘Professors’ took place at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden on Sunday 13 May. This evocative spot has been the geographical heart of Pulcinelia in Britain ever since 9th May 1662 when Samuel Pepys, the diarist, was strolling past and caught the performance of a new puppet show from Italy. Samuel Pepys loved ‘Punchinello’, as the character was called in Britain, so much that he recorded the sighting in his...

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