Joseph Grimaldi and Regency pantomime

Authored by: Robert Leach

An Illustrated History of British Theatre and Performance

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9780415725163
eBook ISBN: 9780429463679
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Pantomime after the death of John Rich remained in demand, especially by the popular audience. Its continuing appeal is evident from the fact that it was usually placed in the second half of the evening, when half price for entry was charged and lower class spectators who had been at work all day entered the theatre. At Christmas, when pantomime was traditionally paired with performances of Lillo’s The London Merchant (which was often booed by its plebeian auditors), there was no half price entry.

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