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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Alan Stockwell
By Keith Simmons on 14 July 2017
Another great book by Alan Stockwell. Brilliantly researched and with some amazing stories about guys who spent their lives dressing up as monkeys! Some sad ends along with some very successful exponents of the art. Over two hundred years of theatrical men-monkeys. Fascinating!

COMMENT: The most famous of the man-monkeys in his time was Monsieur Gouffe, who made his debut at the Surrey Theatre on 4 July 1825. Having toured for 15 years throughout the United Kingdom, he made his debut in America on 29 November 1831 at the Tremont Theatre, Boston as Mushapug in Jack Robinson and his Monkey. His success was so great that he remained in the New World for over four years claiming to have performed at every venue in the country.

In his absence rival man-monkeys ― Martini, Ching Lau Lauro, Klischnigg, Plimmeri, and Wieland, plus others of lesser stature ― were able to boost their date books.

Gouffe returned to his home country in 1836 appearing at the Surrey Theatre on 3 October 1836 in Jocko, the Brazilian Ape. He continued his career forever touring until his final performance at Gravesend in 14 December 1845. He died on 3 February 1846 in the workhouse hospital.

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