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22nd Apr '16 2:45:41 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* '''[[HeyItsThatGuy Guest stars]]''' - a [[OlderThanYouThink trope dating back to]] [[VictorianBritain the late 19th Century in the UK]], whereby if more than one major panto is running in a town, they will often compete for custom by playing one-upmanship with the [[HeyItsThatGuy quality of the cast]]. Once the realm of respected actors (and [[Series/TheSootyShow Sooty]]), this particular aspect took a bashing during TheEighties and TheNineties when [[StuntCasting soap actors, Wolf from Gladiators, reality TV stars and Frank Bruno]] all decided to get in on the act; fortunately, most theatres seem to be a little more discerning nowadays, but the occasional Series/BigBrother contestant still slips through the cracks. This can be very lucrative work, which is why Australian soap actors decamp en masse to England in time for the season. Julian Clary, Christopher Biggins, Creator/BrianBlessed and Creator/JohnBarrowman are guaranteed to be in panto every single year. We've even taken the liberty of getting a few actors from across the pond, including [[Series/HappyDays Henry Winkler]], [[Series/TheATeam Dirk Benedict]] and Creator/DavidHasselhoff. Yes, really.

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* '''[[HeyItsThatGuy Guest stars]]''' '''Guest stars''' - a [[OlderThanYouThink trope dating back to]] [[VictorianBritain the late 19th Century in the UK]], whereby if more than one major panto is running in a town, they will often compete for custom by playing one-upmanship with the [[HeyItsThatGuy quality of the cast]].cast. Once the realm of respected actors (and [[Series/TheSootyShow Sooty]]), this particular aspect took a bashing during TheEighties and TheNineties when [[StuntCasting soap actors, Wolf from Gladiators, reality TV stars and Frank Bruno]] all decided to get in on the act; fortunately, most theatres seem to be a little more discerning nowadays, but the occasional Series/BigBrother contestant still slips through the cracks. This can be very lucrative work, which is why Australian soap actors decamp en masse to England in time for the season. Julian Clary, Christopher Biggins, Creator/BrianBlessed and Creator/JohnBarrowman are guaranteed to be in panto every single year. We've even taken the liberty of getting a few actors from across the pond, including [[Series/HappyDays Henry Winkler]], [[Series/TheATeam Dirk Benedict]] and Creator/DavidHasselhoff. Yes, really.
3rd Apr '16 2:21:07 PM Kitchen90
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Pantomimes (or "pantos") are usually based on a relatively small pool of basic stories, mostly {{fairy tale}}s and mostly PublicDomain. These include

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Pantomimes (or "pantos") are usually based on a relatively small pool of basic stories, mostly {{fairy tale}}s and mostly PublicDomain. PublicDomain media. These includeinclude:
3rd Apr '16 2:20:23 PM Kitchen90
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Also see {{Mummers}}, which is another type of British play.




* Much '''[[CrosscastRole crossdressing]]''', specifically,

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\n* Much '''[[CrosscastRole crossdressing]]''', specifically,specifically:
18th Dec '15 7:34:41 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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{{Slapstick}} comedic play aimed at children (though it is not too unusual for the plays to sometimes be laced with the occasional more raunchy and adult themed joke) and shown mostly at Christmas time. A British tradition that (as with most British traditions) baffles Americans; America used to have a somewhat similar tradition in {{Vaudeville}}, minus the association with Christmas, but it died out around the turn of the twentieth century. Referenced throughout British culture, of course. They are equally popular in Ireland.

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{{Slapstick}} comedic play aimed at children (though it is not too unusual for the plays material to sometimes be laced with the occasional more raunchy and adult themed joke) and shown mostly at Christmas time. A British tradition that (as with most British traditions) baffles Americans; America used to have a somewhat similar tradition in {{Vaudeville}}, minus the association with Christmas, but it died out around the turn of the twentieth century. Referenced throughout British culture, of course. They are equally popular in Ireland.
18th Dec '15 7:34:21 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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{{Slapstick}} comedic play aimed at children and shown mostly at Christmas time. A British tradition that (as with most British traditions) baffles Americans; America used to have a somewhat similar tradition in {{Vaudeville}}, minus the association with Christmas, but it died out around the turn of the twentieth century. Referenced throughout British culture, of course. They are equally popular in Ireland.

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{{Slapstick}} comedic play aimed at children (though it is not too unusual for the plays to sometimes be laced with the occasional more raunchy and adult themed joke) and shown mostly at Christmas time. A British tradition that (as with most British traditions) baffles Americans; America used to have a somewhat similar tradition in {{Vaudeville}}, minus the association with Christmas, but it died out around the turn of the twentieth century. Referenced throughout British culture, of course. They are equally popular in Ireland.
16th Sep '15 10:29:16 AM twilicorn
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* '''Innuendo'''. While Pantomimes are ostensibly aimed at children, much of the humour is composed of sexual innuendo [[ParentalBonus intended to go over the children's heads]]. ("I do declare, the [[PrinceCharming Prince]]'s [[DancesAndBalls balls]] get larger every year!") Presumably, this is to allow the adults who accompany the children to enjoy it as well.

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* '''Innuendo'''.'''[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Innuendo]]'''. While Pantomimes are ostensibly aimed at children, much of the humour is composed of sexual innuendo [[ParentalBonus intended to go over the children's heads]]. ("I do declare, the [[PrinceCharming Prince]]'s [[DancesAndBalls balls]] get larger every year!") Presumably, this is to allow the adults who accompany the children to enjoy it as well.
27th Nov '14 4:39:13 PM mjlush
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* '''Tradition''' OlderThanPrint The good fairy enters from stage right (from the audience's point of view this is on the left) and the villain enters from stage left (right from the point of view of the audience). This convention goes back to the medieval mystery plays, where the right side of the stage symbolised Heaven and the left side symbolised Hell.
27th Nov '14 1:25:58 PM mjlush
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** A more recent variant is the casting of an actor with [[ShakespearianActors impeccable dramatic credentials]] (such as Sir Creator/IanMcKellen) as a Dame [[note]]One review concluded "...at least we can tell our grandchildren that we saw Mc\Kellen's Twankey and it was huge"[[/note]] or another minor character.

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** A more recent variant is the casting of an actor with [[ShakespearianActors impeccable dramatic credentials]] (such as Sir Creator/IanMcKellen) as a Dame [[note]]One Creator/IanMcKellen[[note]]One review concluded "...at least we can tell our grandchildren that we saw Mc\Kellen's Mc Kellen's Twankey and it was huge"[[/note]] huge"[[/note]]) as a Dame or another minor character.
27th Nov '14 1:24:25 PM mjlush
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** A more recent variant is the casting of an actor with [[ShakespearianActors impeccable dramatic credentials]] (such as Sir Creator/IanMcKellen) as a Dame [[note]]One review concluded "...at least we can tell our grandchildren that we saw \McKellen's Twankey and it was huge"[[/note]] or another minor character.

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** A more recent variant is the casting of an actor with [[ShakespearianActors impeccable dramatic credentials]] (such as Sir Creator/IanMcKellen) as a Dame [[note]]One review concluded "...at least we can tell our grandchildren that we saw \McKellen's Mc\Kellen's Twankey and it was huge"[[/note]] or another minor character.
27th Nov '14 1:15:54 PM mjlush
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** A more recent variant is the casting of an actor with [[ShakespearianActors impeccable dramatic credentials]] (such as Sir Creator/IanMcKellen) as a Dame [[note]]One review concluded "...at least we can tell our grandchildren that we saw McKellen's Twankey and it was huge"[[/note]] or another minor character.

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** A more recent variant is the casting of an actor with [[ShakespearianActors impeccable dramatic credentials]] (such as Sir Creator/IanMcKellen) as a Dame [[note]]One review concluded "...at least we can tell our grandchildren that we saw McKellen's \McKellen's Twankey and it was huge"[[/note]] or another minor character.
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