Pantomime & Myth

Pantomime developed partly from the 16th century 'Commedia dell'arte' tradition of Italy and other European and British stage traditions, such as 17th-century masques and music hall. The timing of the British pantomime at Christmas may have evolved from the Tudor 'Feast of Fools', presided over by the Lord of Misrule. The feast was an unruly event, involving much drinking, revelry and role reversal.