When did Punch and Judy start? Where can I find a history of Punch and Judy?

We don'r really know exactly when the Punch show as we know it really started. The first recorded sighting of Punch in Britain is in 1662 and since then the show has evolved. The show as we know it probably originated in Victorian times. There are many theories of Punch's history.

Punch and Judy: A history. By George Speaight. Published by Studio Vista Ltd. 1978
The Puppet Theatre in America. By Paul McPharlin. Published by Harper and Bothers. 1949
Punch and Judy: Its Origin and Evolution. By Michael Byrom. Published by Shiva. 1972 Re-published by DaSilva Puppet Books. 1988
The History of the English Puppet Theatre. By George Speaight. Published by George G. Harrap and Co. Ltd. 1955
Mr Punch. By Philip John Stead. Published by Evans Brothers Ltd. 1950
Punch in the Italian Puppet Theatre. By Michael Byrom. Published by Centaur Press. 1983
The Punch and Judy Show: History, Tradition and Meaning. By Robert Leach. Published by Batsford. 1985
London Labour and the London Poor Volume 3. By Henry Mayhew. London. Griffen, Bohn and Company, Stationer's Hall Court. 1851
And there's quite a lot of the history of Mr. Punch on this website. Who is Punch, The Morals of Mr Punch etc. and also see the Scripts section of Practical Punch.

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