New and established nineteenth-century theatre scholars examine the various manifestations of British pantomime in the Victorian period and its ambivalent relationship with Victorian values
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'Not only of interest to theatre historians, [ Victorian Pantomime] will also prove useful to students and scholars in the disciplines of Victorian studies, cultural studies, and popular entertainment.' - Simon Sladen, New Theatre QuarterlyVom Verlag:
This collection of critical essays is the first of its kind devoted solely to Victorian pantomime. Contributions by new and established nineteenth-century theatre scholars take us through the 'golden age' of British pantomime in the mid-Victorian period, the decline of the harlequinade and the arrival of music hall stars and lavish spectacle in the Drury Lane pantomimes at the end of the century, while also considering the popularity of pantomime in provincial cities and London's East End. Pantomime's ambivalent relationship with gender, race and class, its nostalgic appeal to childhood memories, and the continued existence of some Victorian pantomime routines on film are also explored. This book should appeal to academic and general readers alike.
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