December 2019


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Monday, December 9, 2019 - 20:00
Putney Leisure Centre
Dryburgh Road Putney SW15 1BL

This lecture looks at the origins and sources of pantomime and the rise of its many traditions and superstitions

Pantomime is an enduring and peculiarly British institution, and developed into the form we know today in the nineteenth century. However, its beginnings were much longer ago and far away. This talk looks at the origins and sources of panto and the rise of its many traditions and superstitions, interspersed with personal anecdotes from the speaker’s years of working (and appearing) in pantomime.


Mr Ian Gledhill

Ian Gledhill has had a very varied career, from designing underground railways as an engineer for London Transport, to appearing in pantomime with Julian Clary. In between he has worked in travel and tourism, music publishing, television, and especially the theatre, where he has been an actor, director, set designer, stage manager and opera translator. His main interests include architecture, history, transport and classical music, especially opera and operetta, and these are reflected in the wide ranging list of subjects for his lectures. He began giving lectures in 1997, and now gives on average around 140 a year.