Joseph Grimaldi was 3 years old when he
on the stage of Sadler's Wells with his
father and worked there for
45 years as performer and
part-proprietor. From his debut in 1806
at Covent Garden in Mother Goose he was
adored by all and could fill
a theatre anywhere. The name Joey has
passed into our language to
mean a clown. He lived all his life
among the people of Clerkenwell
and died at 33 Southampton Street, now
called Calshot Street. Islington
Council has called the park in which he
lies buried the Joseph Grimaldi
Park to commemorate a great artist and
a great man.
There was a special performance held in
2006 based on the life of the Great Joeseph
Grimaldi. Do you know that many, many clowns have
makeup that is their trade mark. It is registered
and no other clown is allowed to wear his or her
style of make up.
Following the clown's show you are invited to a
special opening of the Clowns
Gallery - Museum.
This is the UK's only museum dedicated to clowns
and their history.
It is normally open just once a month - on the
first Friday (from 12
noon to 5pm)
(special arrangements can be made for group
visits at other times)
The address is: All Saints Centre, Haggerston
Road, Hackney, London E8 4HT
(Tube: Liverpool Street, then bus 149 or 242; map)
It is just a few minutes' walk from Holy Trinity
Church to the Clowns
You may want to combine a visit to the Clowns
Gallery with a visit to two other
- Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road,
London E2 9PA: http://www.vam.ac.uk/vastatic/nmc
- Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, London E2
Clowns International (the
organisers of this event): http://www.clowns-international.co.uk.
This is a clown doctor
and laughter to children in hospital.
This important service is provided by a charity
(donations are welcomed).
Thank you so much for letting me
use these facts, excellent