Dorothy Dickson, in costume as Dick Whittington, singing a love song to "Alice", played by Jean Adrienne, as part of a pantomime at the Garrick Theatre in 1932
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The Britishness of pantomime: Cinderella in 1926

Pantomime is ingrained in the British cultural psyche, and was popularised in Victorian times.

This archive footage from British Pathe shows that even back in 1926 it was entirely normal for a woman dressed as a man to woo a maiden on stage.

  • 03 Jan 2016