Further reading

Something further to extend your knowledge.


A book that would be interesting to read is this one on the Russian Petrushka. The histories of these two puppets is so similar you could read this book and mentally substitute Petrushka for Punch.

Petrushka, the Russian carnival puppet theatre
Catriona Kelly
Cambridge University Press 1990
ISBN 0 521 37520 7
The history of Petrushka the Punch of Russia. Includes authentic script.



Punch and Judy in 19th Century America
Ryan Howard
Punch spread throughout the English speaking world. Inspired by the popularity of the Collier/Cruikshank book the show came to the U.S.A. as a glove puppet in 1828 as a theatrical performance and in Dime Museums. This book documents the whole adventure through the names of those involved.

Publisher McFarland 2013
ISBN: 978-0786472703



Punch & Judy: Inside the Booth
Geoff Felix
Self published 2016
ISBN 978-0-9521371-2-2

A personal account of the author's extensive experience in the performance and history of puppetry, with an emphasis on Punch. In this experience is translated into advice, good advice that is well worth considering.
Email: geoffreyfelix@hotmail.com


Successful Punch and Judy
Glyn Edwards
Da Silva Puppet Books, 2000
ISBN-10: 0951360078
Good practical advice on the art of performing Punch and Judy. Includes example script and the various technical aspects of putting together a show.

Available from this website:


The Art of Punch & Judy
Glynn Edwards
The Fedora Group 2011
ISBN 978-0-9567189-0-7

After 50 years as a performer and advocate of the art, Glyn Edwards discusses various aspects of the show from his own perspective. Includes an annotated script.

Available from this website:


Weymouth and Mr.Punch: ALL the Worlds a Stage
Judith Stinton
Harlequin Press 2008
ISBN 978-0-9555922404

Although this is ostensibly a book about Punch and Judy shows at Wymouth it does deal with a lot more in regards to the history of seaside entertainments and Weymouth as a seaside resort.


Punch and Judy
Peter Fraser
B.T. Batsford Ltd. London 1970
This book reproduces the Collier script and the puppets are based on Cruikshank's illustrations. There is some instruction of moulding heads and other puppet making techniques, including costume patterns and booth making. Personally I would recommend reading this with some care and compare it with other sources of information.

The book is quite old but seems to be readily available secondhand.