Published on : Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Celebrating the anniversary of the first time that Samuel Pepys recorded seeing a Punch and Judy-style show in London, the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival will be celebrated this Sunday in the garden of St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden aka The Actors’ Church.
Built in the 17th century by celebrated architect Inigo Jones, St Paul’s Covent Garden was the first new church to be built in London since the Reformation. Due to the large number of theatres in the area, as well as the puppet shows held in its grounds, it quickly gained the nickname “The Actor’s Church”.
It contains memorials to many famous theatrical personalities, including Charles Macklin, Dame Ellen Terry and Vivien Leigh. You may also recognise the church’s portico from its appearance in the Audrey Hepburn film My Fair Lady.
The Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival is an annual free family day out. Follow the brass band procession around Covent Garden from 11am. Attend the midday church service with Mr Punch in the pulpit. And spend the afternoon watching puppet, music and dance performances between 12.30pm and 5.30pm.
Puppeteers will travel from all over England to perform at the Festival which falls on on May 14th.