Monday, July 23, sees the start of a very special 350th birthday celebration of traditional Punch And Judy shows in England.
To mark this, ‘Professor’ Richard Coombs, professional puppeteer, returns to The Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath, for a six-week run, appearing daily until September 2.
The shows are included in the admission ticket, along with the Cable Car ride, Cavern Tours, exhibitions, adventure playgrounds and the stunning views across the Derwent Valley.
Performances will be in the traditional Punch & Judy outdoor theatre so reminiscent of seaside holidays of old. With the striped tent and the theatre arch Richard brings to life the colourful characters of Mr Punch, his long suffering wife Judy, the Clown, the Policeman and last but not least the Crocodile.
Richard Coombs said: “There are loads of new puppets in the show, so it won’t be a ‘regular’ type of running order from any other year but a real “2012” specific spectacular.
“There are great new puppets, including Royal Heralds. At present count, there are eight totally new characters, amazingly costumed, one in particular is just knock-out!”
His shows at The Heights of Abraham are aimed at children but Richard manages to put a modern-day spin in the script.
“We can’t wait to see and hear what this year’s jokes are going to be,“ commented John Coulson, marketing and events manager at the venue.”
Shows will be 3 times per day, at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.
Normal admission prices apply. They are Adult £13, Child £9, Senior £9.50. Call the information line on 01629 582365.