Pageant of Cannock Chase
Information drawn from 'Survey of Historical Pageants' undertaken by Mick Wallis; with thanks to Dan Brown of Cannock Library.
Place: Cannock Town (Cannock) (Cannock, Staffordshire, England)
Number of performances: n/a
Name of pageant master and other named staff
- Pageant Master: Peach, Lawrence Du Garde
- Assistant Producer: Ivor Hughes
Names of executive committee or equivalent
Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)
- Peach, Lawrence Du Garde
Names of composers
Numbers of performers
Object of any funds raised
Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest
Key historical figures mentioned
Newspaper coverage of pageant
Staffordshire Advertiser, 3 Aug. 1951.
Book of words
Other primary published materials
References in secondary literature
Archival holdings connected to pageant
Sources used in preparation of pageant
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 turned out, however, the organisers bit off more than they could chew: the pageant was abandoned two weeks before its scheduled performance owing to a lack of volunteers. By that time, the bill for the non-event had exceeded £2000, so this was a costly failure. Had the pageant gone ahead, it would have ended on an unambiguously modern note, the subjects of the final episode being an early twentieth-century coal miner and a mechanic.
Interestingly enough, the Channock Chase players later staged Peach's play, 'The Town that Would Have a Pageant'.
How to cite this entry
Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Pageant of Cannock Chase’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1548/