Reigate Pageant

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Place: Reigate Bus Depot (Reigate) (Reigate, Surrey, England)

Year: 1937

Indoors/outdoors: Outdoors

Number of performances: 3


13, 15 and 18 May 1937, at 8pm

[The final performance was added due to high demand]

Name of pageant master and other named staff

  • Hon Stage Manager [Pageant Master]: Potter, Captain F.H.
  • Scenery: Mr H. Barnes
  • Hon. Secretary: Mr. H.J. Bernau
  • Musical Director: Mrs Garfield Howe

Names of executive committee or equivalent

Pageant Committee

  • Chairman: Mrs Spranger

Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)

  • Kennedy Skipton, H.P.


H.P. Kennedy Skipton was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquities and the Royal Historical Society.

Names of composers


Numbers of performers


Financial information


Object of any funds raised


Linked occasion

Coronation of King George VI

Audience information

  • Grandstand: Not Known
  • Grandstand capacity: n/a
  • Total audience: n/a


The Pageant was well attended

Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest

3s 6d–1s 6d.

Associated events


Pageant outline

Britannia and the four Patron Saints

The Reigns of William I

Richard I

Edward I

Henry VIII

Queen Elizabeth

Charles II

Tableau of Vauxhall Gardens

Key historical figures mentioned

  • Britannia (fl. 1st–21st cent.) allegory of a nation, emblem of empire, and patriotic icon
  • William I [known as William the Conqueror] (1027/8–1087) king of England and duke of Normandy
  • Richard I [called Richard Coeur de Lion, Richard the Lionheart] (1157–1199) king of England, duke of Normandy and of Aquitaine, and count of Anjou
  • Edward I (1239–1307) king of England and lord of Ireland, and duke of Aquitaine
  • Henry VIII (1491–1547) king of England and Ireland
  • Elizabeth I (1533–1603) queen of England and Ireland
  • Charles II (1630–1685) king of England, Scotland, and Ireland

Musical production

Reigate Town Silver band, a string orchestra and choir, conducted by Peter Anderson

Newspaper coverage of pageant

Surrey Mirror

Book of words


Other primary published materials


References in secondary literature


Archival holdings connected to pageant


Sources used in preparation of pageant



The town of Reigate was no stranger to pageants. It had previously held pageants in 1913, 1933, 1935, and had been planning a Pageant to celebrate the Coronation of George VI since December 1936.1 Their preferred location, the castle, was apparently not available so the Pageant was held, rather oddly, in the then-vacant Reigate Bus Depot. Despite the incongruous setting, the Pageant was a success, with large numbers attending the first and second performances, and indeed a third unscheduled showing was staged the following Tuesday to meet demand. The Surrey Mirror commended the Pageant and noted that ‘the tremendous ovations accorded the players, pageanteers and musicians spoke volumes for the appreciation entertained for their efforts, individual and massed.’2 The town revived its well-established tradition of pageants after the Second World War, holding events in 1951, 1953, 1956, 1959, and 1963.


1. ^ Surrey Mirror, 25 December 1936, 6.
2. ^ Surrey Mirror, 21 May 1937, 8.

How to cite this entry

Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Reigate Pageant’, The Redress of the Past,