The Art of Pantomime

by Ian Gledhill

Thursday 21 November 2019


The history of this enduring and peculiarly British institution, from its origins in 16th-century Italian commedia dell’arte through the influence of 19th-century music hall, to the family shows that are still much loved today. 

On the way, we examine the origins of some of the stories used in pantomime as well as such traditions as the (female) principal boy and the (male) pantomime dame. 

The talk is interspersed with personal anecdotes from the speaker’s years of working (and appearing) professionally in pantomime.

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