The Devil and Mister Punch

RSC The Pit, London

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The Devil and Mister Punch is a tragical comedy of manslaughter and love. It's Punch and Judy but as presented by Messrs Harvey and Hovey, a pair of broken vaudevillians who have played them all and are now in the gutter. In a small world writ large by a dog at a typewriter, the indefatigable Mr Punch is chased down for his crimes and put before the Judge.

But it is creativity itself that is put in the dock and the whole show goes to Hell. Accompanied by a lush score of bass fiddle, gin parlour piano, metronome and bells, a set of fine crafted puppets and well worn performers battle it out on a gloriously theatrical wood-panelled set.

Hilarious and thought provoking, beautiful and dark, brutal and tender, The Devil and Mister Punch is an explosion of noses and chins, crocodiles and sausages, piglets and baseball bats.

This production is suitable for ages 12+ years.


Improbable Theatre

Improbable are ‘one of the brilliant faces of British theatre’ (The Observer) and one of the UK’s most innovative and acclaimed theatre companies. Their recent productions include Still No Idea (‘Combines comedy, honesty and protest to distinctive effect’ – The Guardian) and Lost Without Words, an improvised show for performers in their 70s and 80s (‘A bold theatrical experiment’ – The Stage).

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RSC The Pit

  • Silk Street
  • Barbican
  • London
  • EC2Y 8DS
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