SLAPSTICK AND SAUSAGES
THE EVOLUTION OF BRITISH PANTOMIME
For almost 300 years, the curious and illogical theatrical form known as pantomime has entertained British audiences.
Love it or hate it, when Christmas comes around, King Panto still captures the imagination of millions, with adults becoming children again....if only for a few short hours.
Behind the magoic of spectacular scenery, glittering, bizarre costumes and fairy tale characters, however, lurks a fascinating and sometimes chilling history.
In this book Norman traces the evolution of British Pantomime from pre-Christianity to the present century; revealking the origins of several comedic set-pieces and introducing amny of the famous (or forgotten) people who shaped its extraordinary development.
Packed with amusing anecdotes and excruciating puns, it will delight readers with a sense of the ridiculous, and make a perfect addition to the libraries of anyone interested in Theatre.