- The Queen Comes to Mitcham
Information drawn from 'Survey of Historical Pageants' undertaken by Mick Wallis; with thanks to Heather Constance of Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre.
Place: Mitcham Stadium, Eastfields Road (Mitcham) (Mitcham, Surrey, England)
Number of performances: 1
12 May 1937
Name of pageant master and other named staff
- Pageant Master: Martin, Colin
Names of executive committee or equivalent
Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)
- Francis, T.
Francis was a well-known local historian.
Names of composers
Numbers of performers
Object of any funds raised
Coronation of George VI.
Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest
Key historical figures mentioned
Elizabeth I (1533–1603) queen of England and Ireland
Newspaper coverage of pageant
Book of words
Other primary published materials
References in secondary literature
Archival holdings connected to pageant
- Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre holds a copy of the programme.
Sources used in preparation of pageant
Mitcham has strong connections with queen Elizabeth I, who visited the locality on at least five separate occasions. This pageant, entirely focused on the Elizabethan age, paid tribute to those associations. It was not, in fact, the first historical pageant held in Mitcham to focus exclusively on the life and times of Good Queen Bess: there had been an earlier such performance in 1911. Like its Edwardian predecessor, this pageant was held to celebrate a coronation, in this case the ascension to the throne of of King George VI. Also like the 1911 event, the pageant focused on one of Elizabeth's visits (it is not clear which one).
The pageant was performed once, on 12 May 1937, being staged outdoors in the newly-built (1935) Mitcham Stadium on the Eastfields Road (the stadium remained in use until 1955, before being demolished and replaced by housing in 1955). the pageant script was written by T. Francis, a well-known local historian.
This was not the last time Mitcham staged an event billed as a pageant in association with a coronation. A 'Pageant of Elizabethans' was put on to mark the crowning of Elizabeth II. This does not seem to have involved any dramatic performance, however, being just a procession.
How to cite this entry
Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Coronation Pageant’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1596/