So when looking for an 1864 theme for today, I was astounded to find this:
Cinderella, or, Harlequin and the Magic Pumpkin, and the Great Fairy of the Little Glass Slipper: A Pantomime written by the Brothers Grinn.
London: Published and sold in the [Royal English Opera] Theatre, . First performed Monday, 26 December 1864.
Cast: Hobgoblin, a discontented Demon who lives by himself and won't give up his Hermit for any quantity of spirits (Mr. Lingham); Papillion, a Fairy who's "beautiful as a Butterfly" (Miss Craven); Prince Ugolino, who has carried out the direction "laugh and grow fat" (Mr. E. Danvers); Grimguffin, his Private Tutor (Mr. Naylor); The Baron Pumpolino (Mr. W. H. Payne); Pedro, his head man and foot-man (Mr. F. Payne). Thisbe and Clotilda, the Baron's haughty daughters (Mademoiselle Parkinu and Douglasoni); Cinderella, the youngest daughter (Miss Clara Denvil); Squaretoso, the Grand Chamberlain (Mr. Dixon); Herald, with a solo on his own trumpet (Mr. Blowhard); Harlequin (Mr. Fred Payne); Columbine (Mademoiselle Esther); Clown (Mr. Harry Payne), Pantaloon (Mr. Paul Herring).This is the first recorded pantomime version of Cinderella, which is, according to A. E. Wilson in 1949:
[Cinderella] is the most popular of the pantomimes. In 1948 alone, there were 37 different Cinderella productions in England.And THIS is a photo of Clara Denvil, from the V&A Photography Collection:
- W. S. Gilbert (of Gilbert & Sullivan fame) went to a London pantomime rehearsal on 10th December 1864
- Bradford's Theatre Royal originally opened as the Alexandra Theatre on Monday the 26th of December 1864 with the pantomime 'All That Glitters is not Gold'.
- Lewis Carroll's illustrator Tenniel produced the Punch's Pocket Book in 1864: