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THE TEN THOUSAND MILLION DELIGHTS OF A PANTOMIME
In his introduction to The Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi, (1838) Charles Dickens wrote nostalgically of the ‘ten thousand million delights of a pantomime’. Since then, the style and content of pantomime have changed radically, but theatres and audiences continue to extol its traditions of uninhibited humour and enchantment. Pantomime is one of the oldest forms of popular entertainment, and a pantomime audience is like no other theatre audience. Welcome to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Blackpool Grand Theatre and thank you for providing the first essential ingredient of real theatrical magic, the famous willingness to suspend disbelief!
Christmas is the best time of the year, especially at the Grand. The producers, Peter Frosdick and Martin Dodd, the cast and crew have been preparing for this extravagant pantomime for several months. At last, the show begins. It is so exciting to hear the steadily increasing level of noise around the front of the Grand as the coaches arrive and the parties of excited children surge into the vestibule. Then the first voices from inside the auditorium: the noise can be so exciting that the cast gets a lift, and for us the performance has already begun. The winter disappears into the golden brightness of Panto-Land even before the first lighting cue floods the stage! More than any other, you - the pantomime audience - are an important part of the show. The make-believe starts with you. I hope that all children, or mums and dads or Aunt Doris or the school teacher have a great time at Snow White, a kaleidoscope of emotions and laughter.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is sponsored by The Gazette. I am very grateful to our local newspaper for their generosity in helping to promote the excitements of live performance at the Grand Theatre. This production continues our successful affiliation with UK Productions Limited. The Company's next show here will be Beauty and the Beast. Tickets are now on sale for Disney’s musical, from Tuesday 7th to Saturday 16th November 2006.
We hope that for our thousands of young, new theatregoers, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will set you on a path to a lifetime of pleasure at the Grand Theatre. Pantomime is indeed an English institution to celebrate, and to keep the spirit going into the New Year, we will be presenting a very special show about the father of pantomime and king of clowns, Grimaldi: The Life and Times of Joseph Grimaldi. Written and performed by the versatile Tony Lidington and a company from the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, Grimaldi is an entertaining insight into early pantomime, including a comical account of the origins of slapstick. This show is ideal for theatregoers of all ages from 9+, on Friday 6th or Saturday 7th January only, at 7.30 pm. Snow White patrons may obtain Grimaldi tickets for only £5 each. Please bring your tickets to the box office and purchase during the interval.
We all wish you a New Year of health, happiness, prosperity and many enjoyable visits to the Grand Theatre. Paul Iles.
The Pantomime Pudding, Illustrated London News, 23 December 1893:
Pantomimes are a farrago of nonsense suited only to the vulgar and illiterate. – The Theatrical Inquisitor, 1841.