Not to be confused with mime, the pantomime (abbreviated as ‘panto’) is almost exclusively a genre associated with England, beginning in the early 18th Century and originally involving Commedia dell’Arte-type characters. When Queen Victoria arrived…


The origins of comedy appear to have begun in fertility rites associated with the ancient Greek god Dionysus. Playwrights like Aristophanes wrote works we now refer to as Old Comedy, which incorporated satire and farce….