From its earliest times in England there was a strong connection with the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and many of the original pantomimes were performed there. However, in the late forties the Theatre became the London home of musicals, and pantomimes lost their place in the City. That could have been the end of pantomime but impresarios in Brighton and Birmingham resurrected it in the provinces. From then it has gone from strength to strength as regional entertainment at Christmas and has attracted participation by many well-known celebrities including Christopher Biggins. As a result, today pantomimes can be seen at this time of the year in towns, cities and villages throughout the country.
The talk concluded with the speaker asking how many members intended visiting a pantomime with grandchildren during the festive season. This was greeted by many hands being raised proving the enduring attraction of this form of entertainment. And on that high point the talk concluded.
During the break we were able to choose from a range of cakes and partake in the liquid refreshments once more.
The Chairman then made a presentation to Pam Dotter whose 90th birthday it was that day and who had donated the Prosecco. Pam thanked the people of Edenbridge and said how much she enjoyed living in the area. This was warmly received.
As the grand finale we had musical entertainment provided by the Westerham U3A Ukulele band who played a rousing medley of well-known songs, with many of the audience joining in.
This brought our afternoon's entertainment to an end. A fine way to conclude another enjoyable and successful year for Edenbridge U3A.