A Christmas Spectacle: The Story of Panto in Dublin

 Christmas comes early this year with ‘A Christmas Spectacle: The Story of Panto in Dublin’ Exhibition

Dublin City Library and Archive is pleased to present its latest exhibition, which launches on Wednesday 6th November at 6pm in Pearse Street Library.  The exhibition will be opened by Joe Conlan, who plays Widow Twankey in this year’s Gaiety production of Aladdin.

This colourful exhibition traces the history of the pantomime tradition in our capital city, through the stories of its theatres and its entertainers. It takes audiences down memory lane with material relating to the Theatre Royal and the Queen’s Theatre, as well as from the collections of Jimmy O’Dea, Vernon Hayden, Cecil Sheridan and Noel Purcell. There will also be lots for the younger audience with features on more recent heroes, such as Twink, Jedward and Joe Conlan.  There will be costumes and props, film, events and prizes.

Dublin City Librarian Mairead Owens commented: “Pantomime is a warm and cheerful part of most people’s childhoods.  Dublin City Library & Archive have developed this lovely exhibition to celebrate the art of pantomime.  We have also curated a learning programme for children alongside the exhibition. All are very welcome to visit Pearse Street Library.”

The exhibition will open to the public from Thursday 7th November and runs until the end of January 2020.  Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm, Friday-Saturday 10am -5pm and admission is free.

Archival images are available on request from the Media Relations Office.