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Joseph Grimaldi

Today, we’re highlighting one of many events that have occurred over the years on 31 May. On 31 May 1837,¬†the Clown Laureate of the Regency era,¬†Joseph ‘Joey’ Grimaldi, died. Read the entire obituary Grimaldi was considered the best clown of the nineteenth century. His work was influential in the role and appearance of clowns — he expanded the clown’s role in pantomimes and the harlequinade. He worked on several famous stages, including Drury Lane, Sadler’s Wells, and Covent Garden. Over

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Joseph Grimaldi, Clown Laureate of the Regency Era – Born in London on 18 December 1778

Joseph Grimaldi, the actor, dancer and great clown of the Regency era, was born in Clare Market, London, on 18 December 1778. Here is a terrific newspaper article from 1838 that offers a detailed analysis of Grimaldi’s art and life, including several fascinating observations by Charles Dickens. As we’re now in the pantomime season (um, oh yes we are!), it’s the perfect time to remember Grimaldi’s contribution to the culture of the harlequinade. Sussex Advertiser – Monday 17 December 1838

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