This site is dedicated to those who strive to keep alive

The Magic of Pantomime

- a unique British entertainment that takes place in theatres

across the United Kingdom during the Christmas season, and beyond.


SHAW COULDN'T HAVE WRITTEN IT: The Oliviers couldn't act it., Gigli couldn't sing it, and Fonteyn couldn't dance it.

It's pantomime. It happens - once a year all over Britain. And there's no other art form quite like it

From a 1946 Article





Dates announced for Autumn 2017


New Dames Pictures


The Wycombe Swan Press Launch


The Nottingham Press Launch


Audrey Maye


All roads lead to High Wycombe this season!


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We are very grateful to Qdos for sponsoring

and supporting the site since it was created in 2000.      


'..the ten thousand million delights of a pantomime...come streaming upon us now.. I was brought up from remote country parks in the dark ages of 1819-20 to behold the splendour of Christmas Pantomime and the humour of the great Grimaldi.. in whose honour I am informed I clapped my hands with great precocity'. CHARLES DICKENS




A gallery of costumes designed by Nigel Ellacott, including original sketches, which are now available to hire. More Details

in association with the Kenneth More Theatre


31st March 1953 - 15th April 2009

Tribute Page

Ever wondered what the origins of the pantomime stories were, well now we can help. Information about the origins, along with character names, scenery pictures and costume designs.


A useful resource for scriptwriters!

All the information you could ever require about Nigel and Peter.


Also features a Scrapbook

Dorothy Ward

Site Created by David Hartshorne and now housed within It's Behind You Dot Com

Was your Great Auntie on the halls? Did your Grandpa play Abanazar at Attercliffe? Want to find out?

The Stage have launched an online archive from 1880 to 1996

- It is a subscription based service but a 24 hour pass will only cost 5.

For more details go to and click on the Archive Link

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Three things are required at Christmas time;

Plum Pudding, Beef and Pantomime; 

Folks could resist the former two;

Without the latter none could do. 

(From an old Pantomime playbill)


This site is hosted by Nigel Ellacott

& designed and maintained by Simon Curtis