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Oh Yes it really is: Panto in the 21st Century

Emphasising the wide range of areas that are of interest to us, The Stanislavski Centre moves into new territory in November by co-presenting a study day event with The Clive Barker Centre and The Actors Centre.

Oh Yes, it really is! – Panto in the 21st century

Friday 14th November

10.00 – 17.00

The Actors Centre, 1A Tower St, London WC2H 9NP

 A collaboration between The Actors Centre, The Stanislavski Centre and The Clive Barker Centre for Theatrical Innovation.

Join some of the UK’s leading panto performers, creators and scholars to explore what panto means to us today.


Roy Hudd, Professor Millie Taylor, Philip Meeks, Simon Sladen, David Bown, Nigel Hook, Robert Pearce 

10.00: Registration 10.30:

Keynote – Roy Hudd

11.15: Panel discussion – Panto in the 21st Century Roy Hudd, Prof. Millie Taylor, Philip Meeks, Simon Sladen (chair)


14.00: a choice of workshops – Playing the Dame – Robert Pearce and Nigel Hook Writing Panto for a contemporary audience – Philip Meeks and David Bown

Roy Hudd, has been in show business for more than 50 years, working in Stand-up comedy, Pantomime, Music hall, Farce, Film, Musicals and the plays of Shakespeare, Stoppard, and Cooney. His TV work includes soaps, sit coms, dramas and variety. On radio, he starred in the award-winning show The News Huddlines which ran for 26 years.

Professor Millie Taylor is Professor of Musical Theatre and Director of Postgraduate Research Students at the University of Winchester. She worked as a freelance musical director and for almost twenty years toured Britain and Europe with a variety of musicals. Her research interests centre on the interactions of the performing arts, particularly music and theatre, and recent publications include British Pantomime Performance (Intellect 2007).

Simon Sladen is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading experts on British Pantomime and is currently exploring the role of celebrity’s impact on the British pantomime industry 1980 – 2010. He is Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Pantomime Editor for The British Theatre Guide.

David Bown is chief executive of Harrogate Theatre. As a playwright, his work includes the pantos Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk and Sleeping Beauty. Other work includes the play Loaded, and the award-winning, Stand, was premiered by Hull Truck in 1998.

Nigel Hook has designed sets and costumes for many of the UK’s leading regional theatres. Starting his career at Perth Theatre, his work has included drama, musicals and pantomimes (more than 20 in all!). His most recent work includes La Gazetta (Royal College of Music), the Scandinavian premiere of Shrek, the Musical (Karlstad, Sweden), The Play that Goes Wrong (Duchess Theatre) and Dial M for Murder (English Theatre, Vienna).

Philip Meeks recent credits include “Murder Margaret and Me”, “Kiss Me Honey Honey!” and “Edith in the Dark” His new play “Keeping up with the Joan’s” premiered at the Pleasance this summer before transferring to Greenwich Theatre. His first play “Twinkle Little Star”, about the last great pantomime dame, premiered in 2006 starring Tim Healy. For television Philip has written for “Emmerdale”, “Heartbeat” and “Doctors”. He has written dozens of pantomimes and is establishing himself as a leading pantomime dame.

Robert Pearce has been playing Dame in Panto since 2007.His roles have included Ugly Sister (Cinderella), Sarah the Cook (Dick Whittington), Dame Trott (Jack and the Beanstalk), Widdow Twankey (Aladdin), Cook (Alice in Wonderland) and the title role in Mother Goose.  

Pricing: Full-Price (non-members): £50.00 SCUDD/Drama UK members: £40.00 Actors’ Centre members: £30.00 Concessions (retired, student, un-waged): £25.00  

Booking: You can book a place in person at the Actors Centre or email with your name, contact telephone number and payment category.

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