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Poster - Punch and Judy

Punch and Judy

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (printed)

  • Date:

    1970s (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Piper, Denis (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screen print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Theatre & Performance, Room 106, case WW, shelf EXP

Punch and Judy are unlikely poster stars. These protagonists of knockabout puppet plays, presented in small booths at British seaside resorts and other outside venues, have been famous for over three hundred years, but rarely inspire sophisticated advertising.

In 1967 Denis Piper (1928-1987) produced an illustrated guide to Madame Tussaud’s, the London home of waxworks in the Marylebone Road. This image is undated but may have been made in the late 1960s or the 1970s.

Physical description

Pictorial and typographic poster advertising Punch and Judy shows at Madame Tussauds, featuring a red, blue and green drawing of Punch and Judy, facing each other.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (printed)


1970s (printed)


Piper, Denis (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Screen print


Height: 76.4 cm, Width: 51 cm

Object history note

Associated Production: Punch and Judy. Company: Punch and Judy. Madame Tussauds, Baker Street, London. Christmas. Performance category: puppetry.

Descriptive line

Poster advertising Punch and Judy at Christmas, Madame Tussauds, London. Screen print by Denis Piper

Labels and date

This colourful poster advertises Punch and Judy performances at Madame Tussauds, the famous London wax museum. Punch and Judy are unlikely poster stars. Their shows – knockabout puppet plays that take place in small booths at the British seaside and outside venues – have been well known for over three hundred years, but rarely inspire such sophisticated advertising. [16/08/2016]


Printing ink; Paper


Screen printing


Entertainment & Leisure; Puppetry; Posters; Advertising


Theatre and Performance Collection

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