The Panto Tradition

Where Fairytales Meet Vaudeville

Magical Encounters with Live Theater

Although the word Panto comes from “pantomime,” this popular British theater form is anything but silent. Fairy tales and folk stories come to life in noisy slapstick style, complete with rowdy cheers, jeers, hisses and hilarity from kids (and parents!) in the audience.

Much like the vaudeville tradition, Panto celebrates classic characters like the dashing Hero, the dastardly Villain, the gaudy Dame and the hilarious Henchman. Full of color, noise, energy and humor, it’s an ideal format for introducing kids to the creative concepts of story, character, physical comedy and more.

History of Pantomime
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Turn of the Century Panto Posters