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Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

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ON SUNDAY, May 14, 2017, 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 355th birthday.

PROGRAMME

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, The College of Punch and Judy Professors, The Puppet Centre Trust and The Union Internationale de la Marionette will all be represented.

There will be stalls run by community groups from all over Westminster and Camden together with the Covent Garden Community Association, and 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, Pete Maggs, Alix Booth, David Wilde, James Bradley, Jacques Devienne (France), Paul Goddard, Jester Jim, Joey the Clown, Peter Charlton, Chris Gasper, Martyn Cooper, James Arnott, Gingernutt the Clown, Joseph Peek, Chris Somerville, Denise Petit, Richard Coombs, Chris Drewitt, Gordon Hunt, Nic Nicada, Damien Weiss (France), Ranu Eshankulova (Uzbekistan)…

…Glyn Edwards, Katey Wilde, Clive Chandler, Len Belmont, Richard Robinson, Paul Tuck & Les King, Will Counsins, Barbara Ray, Clown Salvo, Alison Clark, Gary Wilson, John Thursby, Paul Wheeler, Gary Trimby, Peter Dann, Randolph the Remarkable, James Lyon (France), The Lost Marbles String Band, Donna Marias Maypole Spectacular, and many more….

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

Admission: Free.