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Christmas is approaching, and with that comes Pantomime season - that peculiar art form and rather eccentric British institution that dominates theatres throughout December and January and has both adults and children crying with laughter.
Pantomimes are always based on well known children’s stories such as Peter Pan or Aladdin. And not only are they performed in the best theatres in the land but also in village halls throughout Britain. So whether it be a lavish professional performance or a local amateur dramatic production, all pantomimes are well attended.
Who made the first pantomime in the UK?
John Rich, actor-manager of the Lincoln's Inn Theatre (opened 1714) and The Theatre Royal, Covent Garden (opened 1732), has been called the father of pantomime because he was the first to realise the potential of the Comedian characters. The word Pantomime literally translates to “all kinds” of “mime” (panto-mime) . It is agreed by many that British pantomime is modelled on the early masques of the Elizabethan and Stuart days.
If your Christmas Production is a pantomime this year you might be staging:
- Sleeping Beauty.
- Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood.
- Puss in Boots.
- Jack and the Beanstalk.
- Dick Whittington.
- Mother Goose.
- Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
- Snow white and the Seven Dwarves
Slapstick, Villans and Dames
If you’ve never been to a pantomime before you may find the first time rather confusing. The principal boy role is always played by a girl. The pantomime dames or ‘villains’ are always played by men. There is lots of audience participation with shouts of ‘his behind you’ and plenty of booing and hissing whenever the villain appears on stage. Most pantomimes will throw in a pantomime horse for good measure which is played by two people in a horses costume and incurs jokes as to who is stuck at the back. Slapstick is another important part of a British pantomime – the throwing of custard pies, plenty of falling over, and lots of silly costumes.
The Pantomime is set to stay
Panto also makes a "vital contribution to a theatre's revenue", according to The Stage An average of 15% of all UK theatre tickets sold between 2013 and 2016 were for pantomimes. For smaller theatres around the Uk that figure could be closer to 30%. And that’s good news for theatres and theatre goers alike, as a successful pantomime season makes a huge contribution to the overall sustainability of a theatre, which allows for greater freedom in programming live events throughout the rest of the year.
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