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Panto Fascinating Facts



The term pantomime originates from the Greek pantomimos which was originally a solo dancer who "copied all" (panto- - all, mimos - mimic). These performances were often accompanied by songs and instrumental music.

The first Cinderella Pantomime in England was the 1804 production at Drury Lane (and the best was, arguably, at Cumnor Village Hall in 2007!).


The Peter Pan stage play debuted on 27 December 1904, which led to the publication of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens in 1906.


The author JM Barrie never described Peter Pan's appearance in detail, leaving it to the imagination of the reader and the interpretation of anyone adapting the character.


At the end of Star Trek VI, when asked for a heading (after learning that the Enterprise is to be decommissioned), Kirk answers, "Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning." These are the directions to Neverland as given by Peter Pan in the Disney film.

JM Barrie gave all the rights to Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1929. Since then, the hospital has received royalties every time a production of the play is put on. Barrie requested in his will that the amount raised from Peter Pan should never be revealed, and the Hospital has always honoured his wishes.

The following extract is taken from Peter and Wendy by JM Barrie:
"Mr Darling used to boast to Wendy that her mother not only loved him but respected him. He was one of those deep ones who know about stocks and shares. Of course no one really knows, but he quite seemed to know, and he often said stocks were up and shares were down in a way that would have made any woman respect him". Does Gordon Brown know?

More later...