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

 

 

2022/2023

 

2023/24

Coming Soon

 

 

A Trip to Scarborough!

Crossroads Costume Fittings

 

Goldilocks Press Launch



Now Live

 

In Conversation with Nigel Ellacott

at the Richmond Theatre

Following the evening performance on Tuesday 6th December, Nigel Ellacott (Dame Betty Barnum) will be in conversation with Simon Sladen, Chair of the UK Pantomime Association and Senior Curator of Theatre and Performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum

More information



Goldilocks: The Panto

Part One

 

Pantomime Diaries & Blogs

2000 - Present Day

 

Nigel Ellacott's

48 Years of Panto


Spotlight on...ANNA KAREN

Panto Pictorials & House of Hammer

Jean Bayless - Pantomimes and The Sound of Music

IBY YouTube Channel

 

 

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'..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

 

 


Nigel Ellacott - UK Pantomime Awards 2022
Outstanding Achievement Award
click to view acceptance speech

PETER ROBBINS

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!

Dorothy Ward

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

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

 

Also features a Scrapbook

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

The Stage has now closed its Archive and moved everything to the British Newspaper Archive which is part of The British Library. There are a number of options for subscription and you need to search for 'The Stage'

You can find it at www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

As featured on

 

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)