Children are integral to pantomimes of course - not just as their primary target audience but also in many ways as their star attraction...
Glasgow is a city of pantomimes. Just in this one place you can see not one but two big shows from chain behemoth Qdos (Jack and the Beanstalk at the King’s Theatre and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at the gargantuan auditorium at the SECC) as well as two independent professional productions (Pinocchio at … Continue reading A Glasgow Pantomime: Sleeping Beauty at the Britannia Panopticon
Men should be afraid. Men in the stalls should be very afraid. Bald men in the stalls near an aisle should be Very Afraid Indeed. Most of the time, men (unlike women) have nothing to fear from the theatre. But not at pantomime time. For at any moment in the pantomime, somebody onstage can peer … Continue reading On Being Pulled Up Onto the Stage in the Pantomime
By chance I was watching Gracie Fields in The Show Goes On (Basil Dean, 1937) last week, and was delighted to see that it opens with a sequence showing the final moments of a production of Dick Whittington in the heroine's local theatre in 'Hindlebury'... There aren’t any full length feature film versions of pantomimes … Continue reading Pantomime and Cinema: Gracie Fields as Dick Whittington in ‘The Show Goes On’ (1937)
For its pantomime this year, Watford Palace theatre has gone all glam rock. Fairy Fender (Thomas Fabian Parrish) is a guitar-playing, catsuit-wearing rock-god, who shows us a ‘good time’ by taking us on a time-travelling voyage with stops in 1957 (to buy a new guitar), 1439, 1457 and then into the future as he battles … Continue reading Pantomime – Review of Sleeping Beauty at the Watford Palace Theatre
For my money, the pantomime at the Hackney Empire is the best in London. I’m not alone in that opinion. Ask any regular panto-goer and they will tell you the same. The Hackney Empire panto, written and directed by Susie McKenna since 1998, has ruled the London pantomime scene for almost two decades. While other … Continue reading Pantomime – Review of Dick Whittington at the Hackney Empire
It’s a golden rule of panto that nobody can be excluded from its fuzzy embrace. Nobody gets to sit on the outside of the auditorium community looking in. When the clown enjoins everyone to stand up to sing the song sheet at the end of the show, he’s not satisfied to let Uncle Barry stay … Continue reading Pantomime and Brexit