A puppet show presented on the miniature stage of a tall collapsible booth traditionally covered with striped canvas. The show was probably introduced to England from the Continent in the 17th century. Punch is on the manipulator’s right hand, remaining on stage all the time, while the left hand provides a series of characters—baby, wife (Judy), priest, doctor, policeman, hangman— for him to nag, beat, and finally kill.
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