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  1. The Chelsea Historical Pageant
    Performed in 1908, the Chelsea Pageant was part of the initial wave of ‘pageantitis’, and notably the first pageant to be staged within the capital. ‘Little Chelsea’, declared The Times, was ‘going...

  2. Army Pageant
    The Army Pageant, London, was a major and ambitious spectacle, performed 21 times in the summer of 1910. It was a leviathan effort in all respects, but did not seem to make a profit—and was, as suc...

  3. A Vision of Empire
    ‘A Vision of Empire’ was commissioned by the Daily Express in 1932 as part of the annual Empire Day celebrations. It was written to be a short pageant of only 30 minutes, conducted at ‘lightning sp...

  4. The Barking Historical Pageant
    The Barking Historical Pageant in October 1931 was a hastily organised event, designed to commemorate the granting of a municipal borough charter of incorporation that year. Barking had been trying...

  5. Light Over England Historical Pageant
    The vast majority of pageants included scenes highlighting the importance of the Christian religion to a place or people, and also to the development of the English nation. Yet, for all that religi...

  6. The Pageant of Essex
    Following on from the Barking Pageant in 1931, the larger-in-scope Pageant of Essex was staged in summer 1932 to raise money for the newly opened King George Hospital in Ilford. Directed by Frank L...

  7. Kingston Church Pageant
    The author of the Kingston Pageant, W.E. St Lawrence Finny, went even further than the great Pageant Master, Louis Napoleon Parker, who famously avoided the Civil War so as not to offend political ...

  8. Music for the People
    As Mick Wallis has suggested, pageants were an important political tool for left-wing movements during the 1930s. Although the Pageant of Labour, held in London in 1934, had been a significant fail...

  9. Croydon Old Palace Pageant
    Croydon had a history of pageants, including Louis Napoleon Parker’s unsuccessful attempt to stage a Pageant of Croydon in 1923 and The Croydon Parish Church Pageant of 1930, ‘The Church Witness’, ...

  10. Dartford Division of Kent Historical Pageant
    The Dartford Historical Pageant was one of the final civic extravaganzas produced by the famous pageant master Frank Lascelles. In his typical fashion,1 the pageant was a large and spectacular affa...

  11. English Church Pageant
    Originally proposed by the Rev. Walter Marshall of St. Patrick’s Church, Hove, the English Church Pageant was at first going to take place in Brighton. When, during planning, the event grew conside...

  12. 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...

  13. Pageant of Wealdstone
    This is an excellent example of a London suburban pageant from the 1950s, highlighting the anxieties of a community being swallowed up by the urban sprawl of the capital, thereby losing much of its...

  14. The Tiger and the Deer; an Historical Pageant for the Borough of Hillingdon
    A number of pageants were held in the post-war years at Stanmore (1950) Streatham (1951), Wealdstone (1956), Finsbury (1960) and Croydon (1960), emphasizing the distinct histories of the particular...

  15. The Pageant of Leyton
    There is very little information on this pageant, which told the story of the Parish of Leyton from earliest times through to the granting of the town charter in 1926.

  16. Croydon Millenary Pageant
    The Pageant Master of the Croydon Pageant was Christopher Ede, who had distinguished himself at the Pageant of Boston (1951) and Pageant of Guildford (1957). Croydon had previously held a pageant a...

  17. The Historical Pageant of Faith and Freedom
    Hugh Parry, a Welsh Congregationalist minister, wrote a number of historical pageants which told the story of the emergence and growth of forms of Nonconformist Protestantism in Britain. These incl...

  18. The Pageant of Empire
    The Pageant of Empire took place over the course of a wet six weeks in July and August 1924 in the huge newly-constructed concrete Wembley Stadium. It was just one attraction of the monumental Brit...

  19. The Pageant of London
    The Pageant of London was the main attraction of the Festival of Empire at Crystal Palace in 1911. Undoubtedly the largest and most ambitious pageant of the Edwardian period, if not the whole twent...

  20. The Walthamstow Pageant 1930
    The Walthamstow Pageant of 1930 was staged to commemorate the granting of a Charter of Borough Incorporation the previous year. It took place indoors at the plush Palace Theatre, an impressive buil...