Witness a tragic comedy of manslaughter and love. It's Punch and Judy but as presented by Messrs Harvey and Hovey, a pair of broken vaudevillians who are now in the gutter and have been reduced to presenting a puppet show that goes wildly off-course.
Featuring a lush score of bass fiddle, gin parlour piano, metronome and bells, this dark but hilarious show is performed on a gloriously theatrical wood-panelled set. Inside this shadowy world live a steaming crocodile, a parade of piggies, the devil and many other extraordinary characters.
Improbable’s innovative work ranges from small scale theatre, such as Panic at the Barbican in 2009, to large opera productions, including Philip Glass’s Satyagraha, co-produced with ENO and a sell-out hit in London and at The Metropolitan Opera, New York.
★★★★'A dark, obscure, exquisite reimagining of Punch's tale... an amazing ride.'The Times
7.45pm 7.15pm on 2, 3 & 4 Feb 2.30pm matinee on 4, 11, 18 & 25 Feb
The Devil and Mister Punch has been commissioned by Barbican, Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis) and Philadelphia Live Arts Festival. The Devil and Mister Punch has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative. Improbable is supported by Arts Council England.