Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Potted Panto

The Panto is one of the best loved traditions of the British Christmas. It has entertained many generations of children down the years with its mixture of comedy and song in its retelling of popular fairy stories.

Pantomime can trace its roots all the way back to ancient Greece and Rome, and has elements of theatre from the Middle Ages. The first pantomime to grace an English theatre was recorded as Tavern Bilkers by John Weaver; not his most successful work as it turned out. It was performed in gestures and dance as spoken drama was not allowed in all but a few “patent theatres”. This continued until the law was changed in 1843.

It wasn’t until the 19th century that panto began to gain real popularity as its format developed into what we would recognise today. These shows are very formulaic with parts played by either gender: typically featured in the panto you would see the principal, co-principal, the panto dame, the comic lead and of course the evil villain. It should also be noted that the major productions stick to a small group of European fairy tales, mainly those written by Charles Perrault, Joseph Jacobs, Hans Christian Andersen, and the Brothers Grimm, whereas variations can be found among smaller drama groups who are prepared to use the tried and tested formula on other stories.

If you are undecided as to which pantomime to take your family to see this Christmas, why not see them all at once? Potted Panto is a madcap race through seven pantos in eighty minutes by double Olivier nominees Dan and Jeff. This crazy comic duo takes the audience on a hilarious ride through the world of pantomime as they quick-change their way through some of the best loved panto characters; touching upon classics such as Aladdin, Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Jack and the Beanstalk and more. Potted Panto has something for everyone and will be enjoyed by the entire family.

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