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Here We Are Again! – the great British pantomime

Traditionally beginning after Christmas, discover Pantomime's commedia d’ell arte and harlequinade beginnings and discover why the magic of Pantomime is the heart of British Theatre during the festive season with Accredited Lecturer Tony Lidington.


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I love Panto and I love history so for me this was a winner!

Fiona Mon, 27/12/2021 - 22:55 Permalink

The liveliness of presentation made this talk a joy. Pantomime is no longer part of the Australian Christmas tradition so this was a cheerful informative piece of social history thank you.

Gini Hole Mon, 27/12/2021 - 19:19 Permalink

These presentations have all been interesting, informative, entertaining, colourful and fun. What a super Advent Calendar- thank you very much Arts Society.
This one was so appropriate to cheer post Christmas on its way, as does a pantomime of course.

Zonia Bateman Mon, 27/12/2021 - 18:06 Permalink

Enthusiastic, informative and lighthearted. Thank you

Margaret Mon, 27/12/2021 - 18:03 Permalink

Thank you - very entertaining.

Christine Callow Mon, 27/12/2021 - 17:10 Permalink


Thank you Tony

Moira Mon, 27/12/2021 - 15:34 Permalink


David Yates Mon, 27/12/2021 - 14:28 Permalink

The slapstick looks like my tongs for getting the toast out of the toaster!!
Another super interesting talk. Thank you

Anonymous Mon, 27/12/2021 - 13:42 Permalink

Thank you for the interesting history of panto

Sylvia mccann Mon, 27/12/2021 - 13:15 Permalink

Thank you all for your lovely comments - I hope I shall be able to see you in person for one of my talks in the coming months...

Tony Lidington Mon, 27/12/2021 - 12:51 Permalink