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5.0 out of 5 stars Joyous!
Just like the previous works from this author, in particular "The Pocket Guide To Musicals" , which again is full of titbits of information from someone in the know, I have thoroughly enjoyed this book.

It's a well-written, yet easy read, full of humour, insight and plenty of things you had always wanted to know but were too afraid to ask (and you would...
Published 10 months ago by MadAboutTheStage

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2.0 out of 5 stars Put this book 'Behind you!'
Oh, no, I didn't enjoy this book!

Poorly written and light on in-depth research; much of it appears to have been lifted from the annals of Wikipedia!
Rather oddly, the book opens with over two pages of acknowledgements and the author's recent medical history, which is neither edifying nor necessary. An elegant dedication to friends and family could have...
Published 11 months ago by Theatrecat


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2.0 out of 5 stars Put this book 'Behind you!', 26 Jan 2014
This review is from: A History of Pantomime (Paperback)
Oh, no, I didn't enjoy this book!

Poorly written and light on in-depth research; much of it appears to have been lifted from the annals of Wikipedia!
Rather oddly, the book opens with over two pages of acknowledgements and the author's recent medical history, which is neither edifying nor necessary. An elegant dedication to friends and family could have covered this ground succinctly! The author, having several times stated that pantomime is a colourful and visually stunning theatre genre, should have reflected upon her [Or the publishers?], choice of illustrations which are black and white, dated, poor quality reproductions; presumably chosen because they were out of copyright.

If you are looking for a scholarly, well researched history of pantomime, Gerald Frow's 'Oh Yes It IS!:History of Pantomime' or 'Slapstick and Sausages:The Evolution of British Pantomime by Norman Robbins are to be recommended, or take a look at 'British Pantomime Performance' by Millie Taylor. For a colourful, lively look at panto traditions and history 'It's Behind You! The story of Panto! by Peter Lathan is also an interesting buy.
Oddly, none of these books appear in the [Very] short bibliography...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 1 April 2014
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Unfortunately I got the impression that the author didn't know the subject well enough. It was as though she'd spoken to just a few people and taken their word. There were notable performers (Terry Scott one of the very best dames of recent years and Chris Emmett, dame for 12 consecutive years at Watford Palace Theatre and still going strong to name just two of many) that didn't get a mention at all. There are also some names in the book that are known, but certainly not for pantomime!
Very disappointing, more homework was needed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joyous!, 11 Feb 2014
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Just like the previous works from this author, in particular "The Pocket Guide To Musicals" , which again is full of titbits of information from someone in the know, I have thoroughly enjoyed this book.

It's a well-written, yet easy read, full of humour, insight and plenty of things you had always wanted to know but were too afraid to ask (and you would be excused for not asking... there's some pretty scary 'dames' out there)

Whether you like or loathe pantomime, you can't deny it's a big part of our British cultural heritage and I, for one, will go into the next festive season a little bit more informed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Nov 2014
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