The Golden Age of Pantomime

At Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall


Of all the theatrical genres most prized by the Victorians, Pantomime is the only one to have survived continuously into the 21st century.  Everyone went to the Pantomime, from Queen Victoria to the humblest of her subjects.

Re-scheduled from December 2017, Jeffrey Richards, Professor of Cultural History at Lancaster University, presents a vivid and evocative talk about the success of Panto during the Victorian era, examining the form’s potent combination of slapstick, spectacle and subversion.

Immediately following this event we will be hosting a memory afternoon where you will be able to see items from the Theatre Royal’s archive, as well as an opportunity to share your memories and donate items as part of our ongoing Our Theatre Royal heritage work.

This talk is part of an ongoing series of public events that forms part of Our Theatre Royal Nottingham: Its Stories, People & Heritage,  a two year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, that will explore many aspects of our past.

The project, run in partnership with the University of Nottingham, now enables us to do further research into past shows, work with other theatre archives, conduct oral history interviews with performers, staff and audiences; begin work on itemising and cataloguing our own archive and host free talks and heritage days. All of this will culminate in a brand new digital archive for the venue, created by Horizon Digital Economy Research based at the University.

This FREE event will take place on the Theatre Royal Dress Circle foyer at 1pm. Doors and bar will be open from 12.15pm. Admission is free, but tickets are required due to limited capacity.

Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall

Theatre Square
0115 989 5555

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