Pantomime is the Prince Charming of the festive season
Pantomime has been around for literally hundreds of years.
Pantomime has a long theatrical history in Western culture dating back to classical theatre. It developed partly from the 16th-century commedia dell'arte tradition of Italy and other European and British stage traditions, such as 17th-century masques and music halls.
Pantomime is for many theatres their bread and butter, enabling them to finance various projects throughout the year.
My first experience of Pantomime was at The London Palladium, and wow, what a show. I fell in love with performing there and then, and couldn’t wait for the day when I could take part in a Pantomime.
My career started as a dancer and what better way to start than a Pantomime at Chichester Festival Theatre, Jack and the Beanstalk with Frankie Howerd, and the wonderful Maria Friedman, though at that time Maria was only just starting out herself, but what a wonderful career she went on to have.
My favourite experience in Panto was playing Dick in Dick Whittington at Billingham, Oh how I enjoyed that part.
Now with the festive season in full swing, thousands of actors, dancers, singers, and stage crew are enjoying the delights of Panto.
However, this year like last year is incredibly difficult and stressful for everyone in the industry, and keeping Covid free is a huge challenge for companies.
But whatever happens this year on stage, we know for sure we will be back next year for another Panto season…Oh yes we will!!!
By Lynn Beaumont