A combination picture shows typical Punch and Judy puppets before a show by "professor" John Styles at...
A combination picture shows typical Punch and Judy puppets before a show by "professor" John Styles at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham, west London June 22, 2014. The puppets are (from top L-R) Mr Punch, Judy, Baby, Mr Longneck, Beadle, Policeman, 'Joey' the Clown , Crocodile, Dog 'Toby', Ghost, Frying Pan and Punch's Pillow. Punch and Judy shows have been a fixture of British seaside resorts for centuries but they are having to adapt to changing social values to attract new audiences in an age of political correctness and digital entertainment. Generations of Britons have flocked to puppet booths to watch the irascible, hook-nosed Mr Punch whack long-suffering wife Judy with his "slap stick", drop their baby repeatedly and tangle with a grumpy policeman, a crocodile and a hangman.The anarchic humour remains as central as ever to the Punch and Judy experience, say the puppet-masters, traditionally known in the trade as "professors", but some elements have had to be toned down or are often omitted now. Picture taken June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ENTERTAINMENT)
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