Monthly Archives: November 2015

Panto Day- More News!

The Pantomime Dame

A Panto Day Docu-Feature

Celebrate Panto is proud to announce a brand new docu-feature on the pantomime Dame for Panto Day 2015.

Arguably the most iconic and beloved of all pantomime stock characters, the Dame is the driving force of modern pantomime. This brand new docu-feature examines practice, process and performance and explores what it means to play Dame today.

The Pantomime Dame features a wide range of contemporary Dames and encompasses issues such as training, role definitions and character construction as well as advice for future Dames and many an anecdote about performance mishaps.

The docu-feature will go live on Celebrate Panto’s YouTube channel on Panto Day itself: Friday 11th December.

Three weeks ahead of its premiere, Celebrate Panto have released a teaser trailer that features, amongst others, Dames including the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield’s resident Dame Damian Williams and author of The Panto Book Paul Harris:

Panto Day Founder Simon Sladen said:

“Panto Day’s docu-features are a great way to examine contemporary pantomime and capture the very best practice and practitioners for future generations. Building on from the successes of Pantomime Titles Today (2013) and Music in Pantomime (2014), 2015’s docu-feature on Dames is set to be our biggest and best yet!


Nigel’s Podcast to the Nation!

nigeldame1Birmingham Hippodrome is the UK’s pantomime home and has been presenting this much loved art form for over 50 years. Ahead of the opening of our pantomime Aladdin produced by Qdos and starring Marti Pellow, Julian Clary, Lee Mead ,Matt Slack and Andrew Ryan, Heart FM’s Ed James chats to one of our favourite pantomime Dames Nigel Ellacott.


Nigel who has starred in numerous pantomime’s over the last 40 years both here and across the UK talks about the history of pantomime, how long it takes for him to get ready and lets us into some fascinating backstage secrets.

Here is a link to that Podcast:004images1

Here is a link to the Podcast:

And on the Hippodrome’s Heritage Page:

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Brian Conley & AndrewRyan “Robinson Crusoe” Hippodrome Birmingham




PANTO DAY – Year Five!

Panto Day celebrates 5th Anniversary with Year of the Dame!


After four fantastic years of Panto Day fun, Panto Day celebrates its fifth anniversary with the Year of the Dame.

From Widow Twankey to Dame Trot, the ever popular damsel in a dress is the driving force of many a pantomime and to honour her importance, this year’s celebrations will focus on the art of Daming.

On Friday 11th December, theatres across the UK will come together for what is now a firm fixture in the annual theatre calendar. As well as celebrations in the theatres themselves, Panto Day’s online hub will be bursting with new content.

The Panto Advice Page will welcome six new Dame-related articles written by the industry’s leading practitioners, whilst the team behind last year’s fascinating insight into music and pantomime have been busy creating a brand new docu-feature exploring what it means to be and play Dame today.

Since October 11th, @Panto_Day and have been hosting a #dameoftheday to showcase the industry’s leading lights. Dames have been nominated by the general public and can be seen in their most outlandish costumes accompanied by a headshot to expose the transformation process from actor to cross-dressed cultural icon.

Come Panto Day itself, 11th December will see social media awash with behind-the-scenes tweeting, special blogs, interviews, Q&As, competitions and of course the return of the global phenomenons which are the #pantopout and #pantoplank.

Theatres up and down the country will be handing out Panto Day crosswords, wordsearches and ‘Design a Dame Dress’ colouring sheets with performances themselves embracing Panto Day in their own special way.

Panto Day Founder Simon Sladen said:

“We can’t wait to see what cross-dressed capers ensue this year as Panto Day celebrates its fifth anniversary. The Year of the Dame is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate one of Pantoland’s best loved roles and shine a spotlight on what makes her so special.”

For further information, please contact: Simon Sladen  Panto Day Co-ordinator

Tel: 07986506280

Twitter: @simonsladen


Panto Day 2015 will be celebrated on Friday 11th December.

· The very first Panto Day was celebrated on Thursday December 1st 2011.

· Panto Day’s official website can be found at

· Panto Day’s Facebook page can be found at:

· Panto Day’s YouTube profile can be found at:

· The National Database of Pantomime Performance can be found at:

· You can follow the latest Panto Day news on Twitter @Panto_Day