Watch a punch & judy show

Here is a collection of Punch & Judy show videos that are instructive to watch.


First a video by the late Rod Burnett. It is a good example of how complete a show can be. Although a puppet show is performed in hiding behind a puppet booth cover it a mark of a good performer if they can engage the audience throughout and to the end. We have here an example of the warm up with Rod establishing some of the connection with the audience. The characters of each puppet is established and carries the show forward with a good pace and sense of fun. The show is contemporary but still retains all the traditional elements of the show.
Video from Melvyn Rowlinson via youTube 2013.



The video below is a film made in 1901. It shows an excerpt from the show performed by Henry Bailey (1852- 1909) with his bottler, the young Harry Russell (1885-1953) standing on the left with the pandean pipes. This is the earliest show ever filmed and Bailey was the son of James Bailey (1830-90) who came from Marylebone, so it is most probably an authentic representation of a Victorian show. (Felix 2016)

For an extensive analysis of this film: [ Click here to open. ]
Video form Victoria and ALbert Museum via youTube 2014.



This next video is of Salvatore Gatto. This represents the Italian, or more specifically, Neapolitan tradition from which Punch emanated. This style of puppetry is called Guaratelle and deserves to still maintain an influence on the Punch and Judy performance in the 21st century.

Videos from Licio Esposito from youTube 2011.

It is in two parts.

Part 1:


Part 2:




This last video is of Professor Joe Green on Blackpool Sands in 1972/3 and is a mid-twentieth century show that is very much a traditional show and well worth watching.
[ Click here to open Robert Leach's article that features Green. ]

Video Amber via Vimeo


And here is America's contribution in the middle of the twentieth century. An active show that shows clearly the link between Punch and the sort of vibrant slapstick you find in cartoon animation.



Felix, G.(2016) Inside the Booth. G. Felix.

Leach, R.(1983) Punch and Judy and Oral Tradition, Folklore, 94:1, 75-85,