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26 November 2019The Magic of Pantomime
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The Magic of Pantomime Ian Gledhill Tuesday 26 November 2019

This lecture looks at the history of this peculiarly British institution from its origins in the 16th century Italian commedia dell'arte, through the influence of the 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) profesionally in pantomime.