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The London Clown

April 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join Dr Eva Griffith for a day exploring the history of clowning at the London Metropolitan Archives.

From Richard Tarlton to Will Kemp and Thomas Greene we know who drew the crowds in Shakespeare’s day.

But how did clowns evolve in London, with Joseph Grimaldi becoming the most popular entertainer of the Regency period, so famous indeed that clowns are known as ‘Joeys’ to this day?

And what has happened to clowning since?

Dr Eva Griffith is a theatre historian, researcher, writer and actor. She was born in London, the daughter of Kenneth Griffith and his second wife, Doria Noar. She began her career as a child actress, and went on to appear in highly acclaimed television and film productions, as well as on the stage. In the 1990s she took extramural classes at Birkbeck, University of London, and gained her PhD at King’s College.

Her research interests are centred around the history of the theatre.

Bring a picnic.

Tickets £20.00

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The London Metropolitan Archives are home to an extraordinary range of documents, images, maps, film and books about London. They run a wide selection of talks, guided tours, film screenings, exhibitions and other events, and you can find out more about these as well as the latest updates from the archives on their website.

The facilities are free to use and open to everyone. Whether you’re tracing your family history or researching the history of your neighbourhood, if you’re interested in London or Londoners, LMA is the place to visit.

The London Metropolitan Archives are at 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB.


April 13, 2019
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


London Metropolitan Archives
020 7332 3851


London Metropolitan Archives
40 Northampton Road
London, EC1R 0HB United Kingdom
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020 7332 3851