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Participation in the Show is by invitation only but enquiries from new participants are always welcome.

History of the Show

stretches back 803 years to the failing reign of Bad King John.

The Lord Mayor’s Show enthusiastically embraces the Shakespearean view of life, a particularly English phenomenon founded in literature by the London Poet Chaucer, and described by another London author Dickens as “streaky bacon”. By this he meant that the way we do things here is to put the comic and the tragic against each other, we do coarse and we do grandeur. We do bawdy and we do elegance. In the first two or three hundred years after his death Shakespeare was heavily criticised by Classicists especially in France for this mixture. Well, the Lord Mayor’s Show perpetuates it. There is splendour and there is a knees-up.
Melvyn Bragg, in his introduction to the 800th anniversary book

Official 800th Anniversary Book

No book, until now, has attempted to offer a panoramic perspective of the Show from its origins up to the present day.