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date: 05 December 2019

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Pantomime was the Georgian theatre’s most characteristic form, and, as the ancestor of the modern Christmas-season panto, its most enduring contribution to the British stage. A unique and enormously popular mixture of commedia dell’arte, dance, song, myth, and topical reference, Georgian pantomime rarely engaged directly with political topics. But it did become an excellent vehicle by which contemporary cultural issues could be contained by being domesticated in a world of myth and fantasy. Pantomime entertainments of the Georgian period offer the excitement and also the sense of disappointment that has been a part of entertainment culture ever since.

Keywords: pantomime, entertainment, politics, Jacobite, blackface, public sphere, commedia dell’arte

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