December 2020

The Magic of Pantomime

Welcome to The Arts Society Henfield
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 14:30

How does panto work? A lecture to be presented on Zoom

Ian Gledhill, who was a professional stage designer, will remind us of the magic of the peculiarly British institution – the pantomime – Oh, yes he will!  He takes us back to the origins of panto, examining many of the traditions (and superstitions), interspersed with personal anecdotes from years of working on and appearing in pantos. 

For information on accessing this lecture using Zoom, please see our news section at the bottom of our home page.


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.