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

 

 

2021/2022

 

 

SPOTLIGHT ON.....

Anna Karen

 

Nigel Ellacott's

47 Years of Panto

 


RIP John Challis
1942 - 2021
Saddened to hear the news about the wonderful John Challis. Sending condolences from all at IBY to his family and friends at this time. 

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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

 

 

 

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)