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  1. Arbroath Abbey Pageant 1953
    The organisers of the Arbroath pageant started off their preparations for the 1953 performance with high hopes. The number of shows was extended to seven, from the previous Pageant in 1952, five of...

  2. Arbroath Abbey Pageant, 1955
    The single biggest change made within the Arbroath Pageant in 1955 was that the religious service, which every year had introduced all performances given during daylight hours, was abandoned. In al...

  3. Arbroath Abbey Pageant, 1964
    This was the eleventh enactment of the pageant; the last had been held in 1956 and as it had been since 1948, the Arbroath Abbey Pageant Society was responsible for organising it. Between 1948 and ...

  4. The Arbroath Abbey Pageant, 1966
    For the twelfth in the series of Arbroath Abbey pageants, the intention seems to have been to put on a performance using all of those elements that had worked so well in the past. There was no chan...

  5. Arbroath Abbey Pageant, 1970
    The celebration of the 650th anniversary of the coming into being of the Declaration of Scottish Independence occurred in 1970. This anniversary date ensured that planning to hold the pageant had l...

  6. Arbroath Abbey Pageant, 1980
    Following the pageant held in 1970, which was an artistic success, its organisers, the Arbroath Abbey Pageant Society, aimed to restage the event five years later in 1975. At the time, the former p...

  7. Arbroath Abbey Pageant, 1981
    Following a 10-year hiatus, the Arbroath Abbey pageant was again performed in 1980 to critical success, winning an award from the British Tourist Board for 'outstanding enterprise'.16 Although this...

  8. Arbroath Abbey Pageant, 1999
    In Arbroath, during the second half of the twentieth century, the performance of a pageant had become part of the tradition of the town. A number of factors had influenced the urge to carry on enac...

  9. The Pageant of Ayr 1202-1952
    This centenary pageant celebrated 750 years of Royal Burgh status, a civic pedigree which Ayr had long flaunted alongside its standing as the cradle of the national bard and the stamping ground of ...

  10. Arbroath Abbey Historical Pageant, 1948
    The enthusiasm of the pageant organisers at the 1947 Pageant was, if anything, exceeded for the pageant's second outing in August 1948. Having established an Arbroath Abbey Pageant Committee, and h...

  11. Carlisle Historical Pageant
    The Festival of Britain was the occasion for the restaging of the Carlisle pageant. For the most part, this post war performance was identical to that held in 1928. The composer of the pageant musi...

  12. Carlisle Historical Pageant
    In his preface to the pageant Book of Words, Sir John Burgess, who was chair of the pageant's executive committee, stated that 'the Carlisle Historical Pageants of 1928, 1951 and 1977 have themselv...

  13. Chester Historical Pageant
    In the foreword to the Official Souvenir Book of the pageant, the Master of the Pageant, George Hawtrey, claimed that: ‘Of all the cities in England there is none that binds the life of to-day so c...

  14. Chester Historical Pageant
    The historical pageant held in Chester in 1910 had been one of the great pageant extravaganzas held in England during the Edwardian era. A generation later, and in very different times, Chester dec...

  15. Pageant of Sussex Saints
    Although religious pageants went back to the 1909 English Church Pageant, it was only during the interwar period that they became major features of the pageant movement. Paradoxically, this accompa...

  16. Bruce Sex-Centenary Pageant: Masque of Edinburgh
    When plans were discussed by Edinburgh's city council for celebration of the six-hundredth anniversary of the granting of Edinburgh's royal charter, there was every intention to make sure that a la...

  17. The Pageant of Centuries
    Buckden Palace was formerly the seat of the Bishops of Lincoln, first constructed sometime in the twelfth century and continually extended, rebuilt and repaired (due to recurring fires) over the ce...

  18. The Dover Pageant
    Dover’s staging of a historical folk-play in 1908 was a nationally important and spectacular example of an Edwardian town gripped by ‘pageantitis’. Directed by the original master himself, Louis Na...

  19. A Pageant of East Grinstead
    The 1951 Festival of Britain saw something of a revival of historical pageantry in a world in which it appeared increasingly outmoded when competing with cinema, theatre and—most of all—television....

  20. The Pageant of Guildford 1957
    The Pageant of Guildford was a relatively large event staged to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the granting of the town’s first charter. It was produced by Christopher Ede—by this point the m...