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"Panto: A Timeless Theatrical Extravaganza" Step into the enchanting world of panto, where classic tales and beloved characters come to life on stage

Background imagePanto Collection: Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, have been awarded the Joint Showbiz Award by the Variety

Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, have been awarded the Joint Showbiz Award by the Variety Cub of Great Britain, enjoy a quick celebratory drink before going on stage at the Palace Theatre, Manchester

Background imagePanto Collection: Was She To Blame? by Mrs F G Kimberley

Was She To Blame? by Mrs F G Kimberley
Promotional postcard for Was She To Blame? By Mrs F. G. Kimberley. First produced at the Junction Theatre, Manchester, 12th April 1909 and Woolwich, 7th February 1910

Background imagePanto Collection: Wonder Bar by Rowland Leigh

Wonder Bar by Rowland Leigh
Promotional postcard for Wonder Bar by Rowland Leigh from Die Wunder-Bar by Geza Herczeg and Karl Farkas (Wiener Kammerspiele, Vienna, 17th February 1930); music Robert Katscher

Background imagePanto Collection: No, No Nanette by Frank Mandel

No, No Nanette by Frank Mandel
Promotional postcard for No No Nanette by Frank Mandel, Otto Harbach and Irving Caesar; music Vincent Youmans. (Globe Theatre, New York, 16th September 1925)

Background imagePanto Collection: Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Promotional postcard for Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. First produced in England at His Majestys Theatre, 11th April 1914

Background imagePanto Collection: John Inman gets fitted for his role in Mother Goose at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool

John Inman gets fitted for his role in Mother Goose at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool. 17th December 1982

Background imagePanto Collection: The Land of Christmas Plays by Pauline Baynes

The Land of Christmas Plays by Pauline Baynes
Charming illustration showing a land populated by all the characters from Christmas plays and pantomimes including Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Robinson Crusoe

Background imagePanto Collection: Waldorf Theatre, London

Waldorf Theatre, London
Promotional postcard for the Waldorf Theatre, London. Designed by the well known theatre architect W. G. R. Sprague it originally opened in 1905 as the Waldorf Theatre

Background imagePanto Collection: A Scrape of the Pen by Graham Moffatt

A Scrape of the Pen by Graham Moffatt
Promotional postcard for A Scrape of the Pen by Graham Moffatt. First produced at the Athenaeum, Glasgow, 23rd April 1909 and Comedy Theatre, 4th September 1912

Background imagePanto Collection: La Poupee by Arthur Sturgess

La Poupee by Arthur Sturgess
Promotional postcard for La Poupee, a comic operetta by Arthur Sturgess from the French of Maurice Ordonneau (Theatre de la Gaiete, Paris, 21st October 1896); music Edmond Audran

Background imagePanto Collection: The Mikado by Ws Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan

The Mikado by Ws Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Promotional postcard for the Mikado by Ws Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, first produced Savoy Theatre, 14th March 1885 Date: circa 1885

Background imagePanto Collection: Dan Leno / Panto Dame

Dan Leno / Panto Dame
DAN LENO Music hall artist dressed as a woman

Background imagePanto Collection: Pantomime at Liverpool Empire Theatre. Getting together for rehearsals at the Empire

Pantomime at Liverpool Empire Theatre. Getting together for rehearsals at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool, are (left to right), Georgina Moon (Sleeping Beauty), Barbara New (Tea Lady)

Background imagePanto Collection: A Pair of Silk Stockings by Cecil Harcourt

A Pair of Silk Stockings by Cecil Harcourt
Promotional postcard for A Pair of Silk Stockings by Cecil Harcourt. First produced at the Criterion Theatre, 23rd February 1914

Background imagePanto Collection: The Great Tally Ho Mystery - Charles Morritt

The Great Tally Ho Mystery - Charles Morritt
Promotional postcard for Charles Morritts Great Tally Ho Mystery, in which an " entire fox hunt" : two huntsmen with rifles, a hunting dog

Background imagePanto Collection: Rose Marie by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein

Rose Marie by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein
Promotional postcard for Rose Marie by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein; music Rudolf Friml & Herbert Stothart. First produced in England, at Drury Lane

Background imagePanto Collection: On and Off by Fred Karno

On and Off by Fred Karno
Promotional postcard for On and Off revue by Fred Karno, circa 1909 Date: circa 1909

Background imagePanto Collection: Funny Face by Fred Thomson & Paul Gerard Smith

Funny Face by Fred Thomson & Paul Gerard Smith
Promotional postcard for Funny Face by Fred Thomson and Paul Gerard Smith; lyrics Ira Gershwin; music George Gershwin which was first produced in the Princes Theatre on 8th November 1928

Background imagePanto Collection: Scenery for Aladdin, Pollocks Toy Theatre

Scenery for Aladdin, Pollocks Toy Theatre, with two rounded arches opening onto a seascape. Date: late 19th century

Background imagePanto Collection: Maskelyne and Cookes 'The Artists Dream'. John Nevil Maskelyne and George Co

Maskelyne and Cookes "The Artists Dream". John Nevil Maskelyne and George Co
Maskelyne and Cookes " The Artists Dream". John Nevil Maskelyne and George Cooke, presented for the first time to a West End audience an entertainment they had been giving for several years

Background imagePanto Collection: Poster, Aladdin at Grand Theatre, Halifax

Poster, Aladdin at Grand Theatre, Halifax
Pantomime poster, Milton Rays production of Aladdin at the Grand Theatre, Halifax. circa 1900

Background imagePanto Collection: Cilla Black outside the Birmingham Hippodrome theatre, where she was performing in

Cilla Black outside the Birmingham Hippodrome theatre, where she was performing in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. 18th October 1983

Background imagePanto Collection: Arthur Askey and Dickie Henderson appear in Cinderella at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Arthur Askey and Dickie Henderson appear in Cinderella at the Birmingham Hippodrome. 3rd January 1973

Background imagePanto Collection: The Folly Theatre, Peter Street, Manchester

The Folly Theatre, Peter Street, Manchester
Promotional postcard showing a playbill of the acts playing at the Folly Theatre of Varieties, (known as the Folly) Peter Street, Manchester for the week commencing Monday, 24th March 1889

Background imagePanto Collection: Dan Leno as Mrs. Twankey 1897

Dan Leno as Mrs. Twankey 1897
Dan Leno (1860 1904), as Mrs.Twankey in Aladdin at Drury Lane Theatre, London. Leading English music hall comedian and musical theatre actor during the late Victorian era. Date: 1897

Background imagePanto Collection: Aladdin, touring to the Opera House, Northampton

Aladdin, touring to the Opera House, Northampton, 22 February 1909(?) This seems to be a stock poster. The reverse boasts of The Funniest Pantomime ever produced. circa 1909

Background imagePanto Collection: Victoria Palace Theatre playbill

Victoria Palace Theatre playbill
Front and back page of a promotional booklet for the Victoria Palace Theatre, London for the week commencing December 19th, 1927

Background imagePanto Collection: Rookery Nook by Ben Travers

Rookery Nook by Ben Travers
Promotional postcard for Rookery Nook by Ben Travers. First produced at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, 21st June and the Aldwych Theatre

Background imagePanto Collection: The O Mara Opera Company

The O Mara Opera Company
Promotional postcard for the O Mara Opera Company. Joseph O Mara (1864-1927) was an Irish opera singer, who ran his own company between 1912 and 1926

Background imagePanto Collection: The Merry Widow by Edward Morton

The Merry Widow by Edward Morton
Promotional postcard for The Merry Widow by Edward Morton from the German of Victor Leon and Leo Stein (Theater an der Wien, Vienna, , 30th December 1905); music Franz Lehar

Background imagePanto Collection: London Coliseum - auditorium

London Coliseum - auditorium
Promotional postcard showing the auditorium at The London Coliseum. The theatre was built by the theatrical architect Frank Matcham who intended it to be one of Londons largest

Background imagePanto Collection: London Coliseum - the Royal Box

London Coliseum - the Royal Box
Promotional postcard of the Royal Box of the London Coliseum. A Royal party visiting the Coliseum would enter by a private entrance into a richly furnished lounge

Background imagePanto Collection: The Little Duchess by Robert Courtneidge and Bertram Davis

The Little Duchess by Robert Courtneidge and Bertram Davis
Promotional postcard for The Little Duchess, a musical play by Robert Courtneidge and Bertram Davis, lyrics Bertrand Davis and Percy Greenbank

Background imagePanto Collection: Life by Maurice Cowan and Fred Rome

Life by Maurice Cowan and Fred Rome
Life revue by Maurice Cowan & Fred Rome; music Frederick Chappelle. First produced Hippodrome, Portsmouth, 3th May and London Palladium 30th August 1926

Background imagePanto Collection: The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
Promotional postcard for The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde. First produced at the St. Jamess Theatre, on 14th February 1895. For the St. James revival, 25th November 1909

Background imagePanto Collection: The Headmaster by Wilfrid Coleby and Edward Knoblauch

The Headmaster by Wilfrid Coleby and Edward Knoblauch
Promotional postcard for The Headmaster by Wilfrid T. Coleby and Edward Knoblauch. First produced at the Playhouse theatre, 22nd January 1913

Background imagePanto Collection: Good Morning, Bill! By P. G. Wodehouse

Good Morning, Bill! By P. G. Wodehouse
Promotional postcard for Good Morning, Bill! By P. G. Wodehouse, based on the Hungarian of Ladislas Fodor. First produced at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Background imagePanto Collection: Patti Tootell, Mike Newman and Helene Hunt, appearing at the Liverpool Empire in Jack

Patti Tootell, Mike Newman and Helene Hunt, appearing at the Liverpool Empire in Jack and the Beanstalk. December 1979

Background imagePanto Collection: Cinderella at the London Hippodrome

Cinderella at the London Hippodrome
Cinderella, the first pantomime at the London Hippodrome, which received rave reviews. Top photographs show Hetty Chattel as the Prince, Ruth Lytton as Dandini and Amy Farrell as Cinderella

Background imagePanto Collection: Aladdin pantomime design

Aladdin pantomime design, unidentified production. Showing Aladdin in the cave with the lamp, and the genie materialising. Date: circa 1910

Background imagePanto Collection: Aladdin, Kennington Theatre, South London

Aladdin, Kennington Theatre, South London, 24 December 1904. Powerful Company, Beautiful Scenery, Charming Ballets, Augmented Orchestra, Ballet & Chorus of 100. 1904

Background imagePanto Collection: The White Horse Inn by Harry Graham

The White Horse Inn by Harry Graham
Promotional postcard for The White Horse Inn by Harry Graham from the German of Hans Muller (Im Weissen Roessl, Grosses Schauspielhaus, Berlin, 8th November 1930); music Ralph Benatzky &c

Background imagePanto Collection: Somebodys Sweetheart by Edward H Marris

Somebodys Sweetheart by Edward H Marris
Promotional postcard for Somebodys Sweetheart by Edward H. Marris. First produced West Hartlepool, 17th July 1899 and Theatre Royal, Stratford, 22nd June 1903

Background imagePanto Collection: Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw

Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw
Promotional postcard for Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw. First produced at the Royal Court Theatre, 21st May 1905

Background imagePanto Collection: George Leyton

George Leyton
Promotional postcard for George Leyton. George Leyton was a well-known music hall singer, whose speciality was patriotic and military songs

Background imagePanto Collection: Dan Leno

Dan Leno
Promotional postcard for Dan Leno(1860-1904) " The Kings Jester" One of Alick P. Ritchies series of music hall performers

Background imagePanto Collection: Keep To The Right by H Chance Newton

Keep To The Right by H Chance Newton
Promotional postcard for Keep To The Right revue by H. Chance Newton; music Herman Darewski. First produced at the Hippodrome, Boscombe, 23rd August and Holborn Empire, 22nd November 1915

Background imagePanto Collection: Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe
Promotional postcard for Ivanhoe Presented and produced by Walter and Frederick Melville (programme) They also credit themselves with a share of the production



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"Panto: A Timeless Theatrical Extravaganza" Step into the enchanting world of panto, where classic tales and beloved characters come to life on stage. From Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw to The Mikado by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, it has always been a celebration of theatrical brilliance. In the Land of Christmas Plays by Pauline Baynes, audiences are transported to a magical realm filled with laughter and joy, and is here that Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise were awarded the prestigious Joint Showbiz Award by Variety for their outstanding contributions to this cherished art form. The Waldorf Theatre in London stands as a testament to the grandeur productions throughout history. Its hallowed halls have witnessed countless performances that have left audiences spellbound. A Scrape of the Pen by Graham Moffatt showcases the wit and humor that define pantomime. La Poupee by Arthur Sturgess brings forth delightful puppetry that adds an extra layer of charm to these whimsical shows. No discussion about panto would be complete without mentioning Dan Leno, known for his iconic portrayal Dame characters. His larger-than-life presence continues to inspire performers today, as they step into extravagant costumes and bring laughter to all who watch. Even renowned actors like John Inman find themselves captivated by the allure of panto. As he gets fitted for his role in Mother Goose at Empire Theatre in Liverpool, we witness firsthand how this genre transcends boundaries and attracts talent from all walks of life. On and Off by Fred Karno takes us behind-the-scenes, revealing the dedication and hard work put into creating seamless performances night after night. No detail is too small when it comes to delivering unforgettable experiences for audiences young and old alike. Finally, Man And Superman written once again by George Bernard Shaw proves that even esteemed playwrights recognize the magic within pantomime's colorful world.