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Question: What is Pantomime or Panto? I keep seeing Panto mimes advertised and my friends who have visited the UK have told me not to miss seeing a " Panto " this winter. What is that? Is it like the pantomime that silent clowns, or Marcel Marceau did?
The Great British Pantomime Dateline: 17th January, 1999 Box office records have been broken by pantomimes in all parts of the country this year.
Pantomime (informally, panto ) – not to be confused with the theatrical medium of mime – is a form of musical comedy stage production, designed for families, developed in the United Kingdom and mostly performed during the Christmas and New Year season. Modern pantomime includes songs, slapstick comedy and dancing, employs gender-crossing actors, and combines topical humour with a story loosely based on a well-known fairy tale. [ 1 ] It is a participatory form of theatre, in which the audience is expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers. Pantomime has a long theatrical history in Western culture dating back to classical theatre, and it developed partly from the 16th-century commedia dell'arte tradition of Italy, as well as other European and British stage traditions, such as 17th-century masques . [ 1 ] [ edit ] History