The Tragical Comedy, or Comical Tragedy, of Punch and Judy as told to John Payne Collier by Giovanni Piccini in 1827, was the "original" Punch and Judy story that Pulcinella reenacted.[1]

Plot summary Edit

Toby, the dog, bites mr. Punch's nose. Mr. Punch beats Tobys master, Scaramouche, to death. After that Punch returns home, throws his baby out from a window, and kills his wife.

After killing his wife Punch "presses his suit" with Pretty Polly

After falling from his horse, mr. Punch kicks the doctor in the eye, who proceeds to beat Punch with a stick. Punch grabs the stick and beats the doctor to death.

Outside a rich man's house Punch rings a sheep's bell, and when a servant appears Punch kills him.

A blind beggar coughs in mr. Punch's face, and is thrown of stage. The fate of the beggar is unknown.

After that a constable arrives to arrest Punch for the murder of his wife and son.[2]

References Edit

  1. Rivers of London
  2. Rivers of London

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