OK, we know the festive season is over. But who doesn’t love a bit of panto, right? Well, how much do you know about the origins of this theatrical artform? Let’s be honest, most of us don’t really know much about it at all. So, it’s just as well there’s a fab exhibition in London that explores the history of this unique tradition.
Rather aptly, you’ll find The History of Panto exhibition on Drury Lane, right in the heart of London’s West End Theatre district. It’s on at The Imaginarium Gallery, which is a new venue for immersive art. This quirky venue is tucked away in a cellar space, providing an intimate atmosphere for this immersive, digital experience.
Pantomime aka panto has evolved over the centuries into what has been called ‘the only art form ever truly invented in England’ by writer and caricaturist Max Beerbohm.
The exhibition itself traces the development of panto across 300 years. As you go through the five rooms in the cellar, you’ll find animation based on traditional toy puppet theatre and historical exhibits drawn from Panto’s rich London legacy.
The History of Panto is the venue’s first ever exhibition, but it’s only open for a limited run. So, don’t hang around if you fancy checking it out.
If you’re out and about in the capital, don’t forget to check out these London events!
When: On until 16th February 2024. Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 12pm to 7.30pm and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm
Where: The Imaginarium Gallery, 185 Drury Lane, London WC2b 5PR
£: Admission costs £7 to £15, children aged 6 years and under go free. You can get tickets on the door but booking in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment
More info: imaginariumgallery.org