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A Very British Art Form- The Story of Pantomime

Talks - History; Talks - Arts and Culture

Event Description

Sometimes called Britain’s greatest ‘Art Form’, Pantomime has been a popular form of entertainment for over 300 years. In the early 18th century the word was used to describe the performances at Drury Lane Theatre based on the Italian Commedia dell’arte. In the 18th century, it was often seen as an opportunity for political satire but it is through the 19th century the fairy-tale story plots were established and the extrovert Music Hall entertainers created the traditions that we know as the Christmas pantomime today.

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 45
Malcolm Jones

Meet The Speaker, Malcolm

Malcolm is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society and lectures on many aspects of theatre.

Since 2009, he has lectured on the Victoria & Albert Museum Short Course and Year Course Programmes, devising and developing a range of courses on Theatre History and Practice. He also lectures on theatre for Road Scholar USA and London Arts Discovery Tours for theatre groups visiting UK from America.

Malcolm was Workshop and Events manager at the V&A Theatre Museum in Covent Garden for 10 years where he was responsible for lectures, Study Days and workshops for adults and interviewed many leading British actors and directors. He has lectured and led workshops at many drama schools including RADA, The Actors Centre and Rose Bruford College. He has chaired panels and post show talks for Ambassadors Theatre Group. While at the Theatre Museum Malcolm contributed to many television and radio programmes

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