Performed in venues across the United Kingdom all through the festive season and beyond, Pantomimes are a British form of amusement. A trip to the panto is as much a part of Christmas as decorating the tree and giving gifts. Do you start to think of Pantomime Dames, Cows and Horses the minute the tinsel hits the shops? Maybe you just love to go to the theatre. Whether you go for the awful jokes or to see your favourite television personalities, you will find a pantomime in your area to go to during the festive season. Originally silent productions, the panto are a mix of folk tales, fairy stories and much loved cartoons which encourage audience participation. The audience gets very involved in the performance with loads of hissing and booing of the baddie and cheering for the hero. Some pantomimes include a song for the audience to join in with and some ask children up on stage to speak to one of the performers. Now-a-days, pantos are really great family entertainments and comedians, pop stars, TV celebrities and sports people often take part in them.
If you are not from the UK, then you might not be familiar with the concept of Panto so we will endeavor to describe it in a nutshell. Just a brief explanation of the plot: The young woman dressed as a young man who is the son of a man dressed as a woman, will win the other girl (dressed as a girl), with the help of a person dressed in an animal skin. Try explaining that to a German, American or someone from the Far East. No matter if the show is set in China, the Never-Never-Land or the City of London it will contain all the elements regarded as essential to a pantomime. Audience involvement is as an important part of English panto custom, as anything I have previously mentioned. And even the most staid members of the audience, suddenly become unrestrained in their enthusiasm to participate. The audience are encouraged to boo the bad character at any time he enters, argue with the Dame, and tip off the Principal Boy when the bad character is behind them, by shouting out “He’s behind you!”
You’ll be able to locate websites providing particulars of all the best Pantomime theatre shows in the United Kingdom. Pantos present Christmas entertainment for all the family. Christmas theatre shows take place in many venues all through the festive period. If you are searching for a pantomime near you, then you’re sure to find something suitable. Just find a Panto show listed in your area and buy tickets on the internet. There are websites that will provide you with details of panto theatres in towns near you with particulars of show times, dates, venue seating, ticket prices and other venue information. There are lots of Panto shows to choose from but some of the most common include Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Dick Whittington, Aladdin, as well as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Perhaps think about Pantomime tickets as a Christmas present idea for the whole family? Pantomime productions are always a fun family trip and pantomime tickets make an ideal Christmas present for any family.