London Clowns and entertainers gather to attend an annual service of remembrance in honour of British clown Joseph Grimaldi at the All Saints church in Haggerston.
Joseph Grimaldi (18 December 1778 – 31 May 1837) was an English actor, comedian and dancer, who became the most popular English entertainer of the Regency era.
In the early 1800s, he expanded the role of Clown in the harlequinade that formed part of British pantomimes, notably at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the Sadler’s Wells and Covent Garden theatres. He became so dominant on the London comic stage that the harlequinade role of Clown became known as “Joey”.
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