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10 December 2019The Magic of Pantomime
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The Magic of Pantomime Ian Gledhill Tuesday 10 December 2019

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