The Pantomime Book

The Pantomime Book


By (author) Paul Harris, Foreword by Roy Hudd


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  • Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 14mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0720613191
  • ISBN 13: 9780720613193
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 398,422

Product description

Paul Harris has gathered together a hilarious selection of theatrical material, much of which originated in Victorian times and which has been updated and refined over the past century. He introduces us to the stalwarts of just about every panto - the Dame, Comic and Feed - and the characters familiar to many generations of theatre goers: Dick Wittington, Cinderella, Buttons, Little Red Riding Hood, Sinbad the Sailor, Aladdin, Widow Twankey, Wishee Washee, Snow White, and Mother Goose. To place each sketch in context, Paul Harris provides lively and amusing introductions, full of theatrical anecdotes and helpful tips about props, special effects and stage bits', the art of compromising on a comedy theme. For thousands of professional and amateur performers, directors and producers, and for many pantomime enthusiasts around the world, this new and expanded edition of The Pantomime Book is an essential source book and guide.

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Author information

Paul Harris is a writer and performer.

Review quote

"Lively and amusing . . . this will be an essential source book and guide." --"Call Boy, Journal of the British Music Hall Society "