Pageants 617

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  1. East Horsley Pageant
    In the interwar period, village pageants were notably popular in Surrey. This is an example of one such pageant. Staged just once, it was like many such pageants closely associated with the local p...

  2. Rillington Pageant
    In the 1920s, in the small Yorkshire village of Rillington, the Women's Institute based there had a drama section that punched well above its weight. Rillington WI took many prizes for their perfor...

  3. Islington Pageant
    Many boroughs and suburbs of London staged pageants in the interwar period: other examples included Harrow (1923), Walthamstow (1930 and 1934), Wimbledon (1925) and Streatham (1936). Whilst few det...

  4. Reigate Pilgrim’s Pageant 1913
    Society launched a ‘shilling fund’ with the aim of preserving Colley Hill, an open space near Reigate in Surrey. This pageant was part of the society’s fundraising effort, which was ultimately succ...

  5. ‘Wayfarers’: A Children’s Pageant of Local History
    Children’s pageants were held throughout the twentieth century. They were often organized by a local school or schools, as in this example(see also the nearby Elsworth School Pageant (1975)). It is...

  6. Bridgwater Pageant
    ‘For years, it had been the dream of those interested in the town’s past to have a pageant, and this has at last materialised’:[1] so declared the Weston Gazette in witnessing the town’s triumph. T...

  7. Pageant of Cirencester
    The Pageant of Cirencester was one of a number of Pageants held for the Coronation in 1953 (see St Albans, Sandy, and Warwickshire). A number of postwar pageants utilized floodlighting, allowing pe...

  8. ‘The Legends of Harston’
    Village pageants were popular in the interwar period, especially in the south and east of England. This is an East Anglian example. Its content is interesting, since it was concerned not with telli...

  9. Haslingfield Pageant, Two Hundred Years of Village Life, 1360-1560
    ‘By what authority do we urge for support in the production of this Pageant? We answer that it is the History of Haslingfield itself which makes this silent demand for the perpetuation in our memor...

  10. Hastings Pageant
    Though not strictly a pageant, but an opera in pageant form, the Hastings Pageant was referred to as such by name, and was advertised as the ‘Greatest Open-air Show in the South of England’.[1] The...

  11. Pageant of Newcraighall Mining Community
    This pageant was first performed in 1989 and revived in the following year. In 1989 the director was Lloyd Quinan, an actor, director and television presenter, who was an MSP, representing the West...

  12. Pageant of Newcraighall History
    The 'Pageant of Newcraighall Mining Community' was first staged in 1989, directed by Lloyd Quinan. In 1990 it was performed again, this time under the direction of Bill McElhaney, who later played ...

  13. Pageant of Cannock Chase
    Many pageants were held in association with the 1951 Festival of Britain. Masterminded by the prolific Lawrence Du Garde Peach, this was planned as fairly large-scale outdoor production. As it turn...

  14. Co-operative Centenary Pageant
    It is not clear whether this pageant used the same script as the series of Co-operative Centenary Pageants in 1944.

  15. A Pageant of Bishopsgate Ward
    The 'Pageant of Bishopsgate Ward' was performed as part of the bicentenary celebrations of the Central Foundation Girls' School, formerly known as the Bishopsgate Ward School. The school had presen...

  16. Free Churches Pageant
    A great many historical pageants were staged up and down the country in association with the 1951 Festival of Britain. These took various forms, from large-scale civic events to smaller performance...

  17. Floodlit Garden Pageant
    Floodlit pageants became quite common after the Second World War. 

  18. The Romance of King Arthur: A Pageant
    Very little is known about this small Cornish pageant, which was evidently focused on the myth-history of King Arthur. The medieval ruins of Tintagel Castle have of course long been closely associa...

  19. Lostwithiel 800, 1189-1989
    This pageant was staged as part of the Lostwithiel 800 celebrations in 1989. The two performances were held outdoors in the grounds of the thirteenth-century Restormel Castle, a site particularly r...

  20. A Pageant of Nursing
    In May 1950, Countess Mountbatten announced the launch of a fund by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to provide advanced training for nurses. The Countess became president of this special fund. T...