Time Travel Theatre: Panto Preparations in 1948

With the pantomime season now in full swing, let’s journey back to a time when pantomimes opened on Christmas Eve and the biggest, like those at the London Palladium, ran until the following Easter.

In this short film from the BBC Archives, we see preparations of props, scenery and costumes, together with some rehearsal footage of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK presented at the Wimbledon Theatre by legendary pantomime and ice-show impresario Tom Arnold.

Enjoy the film, which you can see here


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