Coronation Pageant

Other names

  • The Queen Comes to Mitcham

Pageant type


Information drawn from 'Survey of Historical Pageants' undertaken by Mick Wallis; with thanks to Heather Constance of Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre.

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Place: Mitcham Stadium, Eastfields Road (Mitcham) (Mitcham, Surrey, England)

Year: 1937

Indoors/outdoors: Outdoors

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


Financial information


Object of any funds raised


Linked occasion

Coronation of George VI.

Audience information

Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest


Associated events


Pageant outline

Key historical figures mentioned

  • Elizabeth I (1533–1603) queen of England and Ireland

Musical production


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,