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Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

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ON SUNDAY, May 12, 2019, the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival will be held in the garden of St Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, London, WC2 – the actors’ church – near the spot where Samuel Pepys first saw Mr Punch in England in May 1662.

Punch and Judy Professors and Puppeteers from all over the country will be coming to perform throughout the day. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the shows and celebrate the art of puppetry on Mr Punch’s 357th birthday.

This year there will be two special celebrations:- Professor Bryan Clarke’s 80th birthday with a photocall at 10am and a birthday party ay 3pm, and Bob Pelham’s 100th anniversary with a Puppet Pantomime by David Leech, the present owner of the original Pelham Puppets.


11am – Grand Procession around the neighbourhood of Covent Garden starting in the Church garden, led by the Superior Brass Band with a birthday toast to Mr Punch by the commemorative plaque on the church wall in the Piazza.

12 noon – Special Church Service with Mr Punch in the Pulpit.

12.30pm to 5.30pm – Punch & Judy and Puppet Shows, Puppet Workshops, Stalls, Refreshments, Folk Music by The Lost Marbles String Band, Maypole Dancing and Clowns.

The British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild, The Punch and Judy Fellowship, and The Punch & Judy Club will be represented and there will be stalls run by community groups and charities including the Covent Garden Community Association, with refreshments provided by the Food Chain who are raising funds to help provide nutritional support for people living with HIV in London.

Punch and Judy Professors and Entertainers attending include:

Prof Bryan Clarke, Geoff Felix, Pete Maggs, Alix Booth, David Wilde, Jacques Devienne (France), Paul Goddard, Jose Navarro (Spain), Damien Weiss (France), David Leech, Emosh Puppets, James Holz, Tim Evans, Adrienne Press, Josh Neville, The Fools Puppet Theatre, Clown Joey, Peter Charlton, Chris Gasper, James Arnott, Clown Gingernutt, Glyn Edwards, Katey Wilde, Joseph Peek, Clive Chandler, Richard Robinson, Dan Slater, Bryan Baggs, Cat Learmoth…

…Chippy Wood, Paul Jackson, Richard Coombs, Carl Durbin, Will Cousins, Randolph the Remarkable, Hayley Doddwell, Philip Dann, Christopher Drewitt, Chris Somerville, Denise Petit, Paul Wheeler, Paul Tuck & Les King, Martin Bridle, John Thursby, Jamie Riding, Gary Wilson, Martyn Cooper, Peter Dann, Gary Trimby, The Lost Marbles String Band, Donna Maria’s Maypole Spectacular, and many more……….

Venue: St. Paul’s Church Garden, Bedford Street, WC2E 9ED.

Admission: Free.