Autumn 2021 Salon Season!
By popular demand, Manchester Histories Salons are back! Brilliant academics and experts will be sharing their fascinating research and answering questions from the audience through a series of lunchtime online conversations. Please join us - everyone welcome!
Dr Claire Robinson & Dr Victoria Garlick set the festive mood with the history of Panto and theatre in Manchester – oh yes they will!
In this last salon of the season, Dr Claire Robinson and Dr Victoria Garlick will give illustrated talks about the growth of theatre in Manchester and the importance of their pantomimes during this period, from the major theatres of central Manchester to those of the Broadhead circuit in the outlying districts.
One of the words most often used about pantomime is ‘traditional,’ but in reality, the only thing truly traditional about pantomime is its ability to continuously reinvent itself. That is how it has survived for hundreds of years. Following the wave of speculative theatre building across Britain in the second half of the nineteenth and into the twentieth century, Manchester became an important centre for regional theatre, with its Theatre Royal having the largest stage outside London.
You can join the salon online as usual plus, as a festive special, we have a limited number of tickets to join us in person in Manchester Central Library’s Performance Space where we will play the online salon live on the big screen. Join us for a mince pie and a unique display of a selection of wonderful theatre archives, available for the event only, with thanks to our friends at Manchester Central Library.