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  1. The Cambridge Pageant
    This small one-day play was Arthur Bryant’s first foray into pageantry. At the time he was 25 years of age, and had recently taken up the position of headmaster at the Cambridge School of Arts, Cra...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. Pageant of Farnham
    The Pageant of Farnham was the first of many pageants devised by Neville Lovett (the future Bishop of Salisbury and Portsmouth). It was held to repay some of the debts on the Church House (now Vine...

  7. Framlingham Castle Pageant
    The Framlingham Castle Pageant of 1931 was a small-to-medium sized summertime pageant, performed six times to audiences of around 2000 on each occasion. The pageant was first formally suggested at ...

  8. 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...

  9. Dornoch Historical Pageant: Tercentenary Celebrations
    Given that Dornoch is one of Scotland's smallest burgh towns, and situated in the Highlands, this pageant made quite a big splash, at least for a while. The reason for this was the involvement of n...

  10. 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...

  11. Dundee Civic Week Pageant
    Plans for a civic week in Dundee, which had a historical pageant as a central feature, were originally formed in March 1944; and it was anticipated that the week-long occasion would be held later t...

  12. 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....

  13. Edmund of Anglia
    Edmund of Anglia was a pageant-play, staged 19 times in the summer of 1970 in the Abbey Gardens of Bury St Edmunds. It was the main summer attraction of the Year of Edmund, a series of events, incl...

  14. England’s Pleasant Land
    It is easy to list the pageant as part of the rural nostalgia of the inter-war period, which was felt as a pervasive anxiety that something important was being irretrievably lost.2 This anxiety ste...

  15. A Dream of Old Bulwell
    ‘A Dream of Old Bulwell’ was a small indoor pageant-play that took place in 1929 at the Bulwell Olympia, a struggling local theatre.2 It was masterminded by the Rev. Stanley M. Wheeler, who acted a...

  16. The Bury St Edmunds Pageant
    The Bury St Edmunds Pageant of 1907 was a major event, successful both in financial outcome and the vagaries of public opinion. Staged in July, it was an archetypal expression of Edwardian pageantr...

  17. The Bury St Edmunds Pageant of Magna Carta
    The Bury St Edmunds Magna Carta Pageant of 1959 was a major event, with 12 ticketed performances across 10 days. While it picked up on many of the themes of the 1907 pageant the town had held, most...

  18. The Chipping Sodbury Pageant
    The Chipping Sodbury Pageant was a small pageant staged four times in south Gloucestershire in summer 1935. It was produced and mostly written by Cicely Bedford, who had been producing plays since ...

  19. The Colchester Pageant
    The Observer newspaper wrote of the Colchester Pageant that ‘it was inevitable, in these days of pageants, that Colchester should sooner or later seek to prove its claim to be considered, in many r...

  20. The Conway Pageant: Pageant Plays
    The Conway Bridge Centenary Celebration of 1927 was a major week-long civic event, commemorating the 1826 engineering feat of Thomas Telford. Two historical pageants were produced, as well as a his...