6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Put this book 'Behind you!',
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...