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PANTOMIME

Derived from the commedia dell'arte and popularized through
harlequinade this peculiarly British delight is the perfect
seasonal family entertainment. Our images cover all types of dames,
clowns and pantomime characters including Dan Leno, Jack Tripp,
Twiggy, Cliff Richard, Frankie Howerd, Harry H. Corbett, Geraldine Chaplin,
Frankie Vaughan, Arthur Askey, Dickie Henderson, John Inman, Hugh Paddick,
Clive Rowe and Dick Emery.

ALLADIN & FORTY THIEVES<br>by Robert Reece at Sanger's Amphitheatre in London, UK  <br>Advertising Poster<br>1886<br>Credit: The British Library / HIP / TopFoto / ArenaPAL
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ALLADIN & FORTY THIEVES
by Robert Reece at Sanger's Amphitheatre in London, UK
Advertising Poster
1886
Credit: The British Library / HIP / TopFoto / ArenaPAL
CHRISTMAS CAT AND THE PUDDING PIRATES<br>by Ranger and Lillicrap<br>at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, UK <br>1992<br>Credit: Laurence Burns / ArenaPAL<br>
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CHRISTMAS CAT AND THE PUDDING PIRATES
by Ranger and Lillicrap
at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, UK
1992
Credit: Laurence Burns / ArenaPAL
PUSS IN BOOTS<br>written and directed by Willmott<br>Joseph Wicks (as Banderas the Cat)<br>at the Corn Exchange, Newbury, Berkshire, UK<br>December 2009<br>Credit: Sheila Burnertt / ArenaPAL.<br>
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PUSS IN BOOTS
written and directed by Willmott
Joseph Wicks (as Banderas the Cat)
at the Corn Exchange, Newbury, Berkshire, UK
December 2009
Credit: Sheila Burnertt / ArenaPAL.
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK<br>Reg Dixon (as Dame)<br>14 December 1981<br>Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Kent, UK<br>Credit: Frazer Ashford / ArenaPAL<br>
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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Reg Dixon (as Dame)
14 December 1981
Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Kent, UK
Credit: Frazer Ashford / ArenaPAL
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS<br>Theatre poster<br>Original music from Walt Disney Production<br>presented by Harry Benet<br>London Coliseum, London, UK<br>February 1947<br>Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL <br>
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SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
Theatre poster
Original music from Walt Disney Production
presented by Harry Benet
London Coliseum, London, UK
February 1947
Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
HUMPTY DUMPTY by Emile Littler<br>Theatre poster<br>with Nervo and Knox, Naughton and Gold, Pat Kirkwood, Hal Bryan, Canjou Brothers, Rovi Pavinoff<br>London, Coliseum, London, UK<br>December 1943<br>Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL <br>
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HUMPTY DUMPTY by Emile Littler
Theatre poster
with Nervo and Knox, Naughton and Gold, Pat Kirkwood, Hal Bryan, Canjou Brothers, Rovi Pavinoff
London, Coliseum, London, UK
December 1943
Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
GOODY TWOSHOES by Emile Littler<br>Theatre poster<br>Music by Hastings Mann<br>with Fred Emney, Pat Kirkwood, Richard Hearne, Naughton and Gold<br>Director / Producer Emile Littler<br>London Coliseum, London, UK<br>December 1944<br>Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL <br>
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GOODY TWOSHOES by Emile Littler
Theatre poster
Music by Hastings Mann
with Fred Emney, Pat Kirkwood, Richard Hearne, Naughton and Gold
Director / Producer Emile Littler
London Coliseum, London, UK
December 1944
Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
CINDERELLA by Rogers and Hammerstein<br>Theatre poster<br>with Tommy Steele, Jimmy Edwards, Yana, Kenneth Williams<br>Director: Freddie Carpenter<br>London Coliseum , London, UK<br>December 1958<br>Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL <br>
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CINDERELLA by Rogers and Hammerstein
Theatre poster
with Tommy Steele, Jimmy Edwards, Yana, Kenneth Williams
Director: Freddie Carpenter
London Coliseum , London, UK
December 1958
Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
PETER PAN <br>Alfredo Vazquez as Michael, Charlie Cameron as Wendy and Toby Joe Corner as John with the lost boys <br>the Theatre Royal, Brighton, UK <br>9 December 2009 <br>Credit : Nigel Norrington / ArenaPAL <br>
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PETER PAN
Alfredo Vazquez as Michael, Charlie Cameron as Wendy and Toby Joe Corner as John with the lost boys
the Theatre Royal, Brighton, UK
9 December 2009
Credit : Nigel Norrington / ArenaPAL
CINDERELLA <br>Women of the A.T.S. (Auxilary Territorial Service) rehearsing the finale at the dress rehearsal in the mess theatre <br>November 1940 <br>Credit : Mander & Mitcheson / ArenaPal / Topfoto <br>
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CINDERELLA
Women of the A.T.S. (Auxilary Territorial Service) rehearsing the finale at the dress rehearsal in the mess theatre
November 1940
Credit : Mander & Mitcheson / ArenaPal / Topfoto
ROBINSON CRUSOE<br>Bernie Winters<br>Schnorbitz<br>Lewisham Concert Hall, Catford, South London, UK<br>20 December 1980<br>Credit: Frazer Ashford / ArenaPAL<br>
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ROBINSON CRUSOE
Bernie Winters
Schnorbitz
Lewisham Concert Hall, Catford, South London, UK
20 December 1980
Credit: Frazer Ashford / ArenaPAL
BOBBY CRUSH<br>(born 1954 )<br>English pianist<br>In Little Red Riding Hood<br>Lewisham Concert Hall. Catford, London UK<br>December 1979 <br>Credit: Frazer Ashford / ArenaPAL<br>
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BOBBY CRUSH
(born 1954 )
English pianist
In Little Red Riding Hood
Lewisham Concert Hall. Catford, London UK
December 1979
Credit: Frazer Ashford / ArenaPAL
POPPY by Nichols <br>David Firth (as Jack Idle) <br>Nichola McAuliffe (as Queen Victoria, background) <br>Christopher Hurst and Andrew Thomas James (as Randy the horse) <br>the Royal Shakespeare Company <br>at the the Adelphi Theatre, London, UK <br>22 November 1983 <br>Credit: Conrad Blakemore / ArenaPAL <br>
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POPPY by Nichols
David Firth (as Jack Idle)
Nichola McAuliffe (as Queen Victoria, background)
Christopher Hurst and Andrew Thomas James (as Randy the horse)
the Royal Shakespeare Company
at the the Adelphi Theatre, London, UK
22 November 1983
Credit: Conrad Blakemore / ArenaPAL
ROBIN HOOD AND BABES IN THE WOOD<br>Bill Pertwee (as Broker's man)<br>Ian Lavender (as Broker's Man)<br>Lewisham Concert Hall, Catford, Lewisham, UK<br>1977<br>Credit: Frazer Ashford / ArenaPAL<br>
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ROBIN HOOD AND BABES IN THE WOOD
Bill Pertwee (as Broker's man)
Ian Lavender (as Broker's Man)
Lewisham Concert Hall, Catford, Lewisham, UK
1977
Credit: Frazer Ashford / ArenaPAL
CINDERELLA<br>Barry Howard (as Ugly Sister)<br>The Churchill Theatre, Bromely, Kent, UK<br>12 December 1977<br>Credit: Frazer Ashford / ArenaPAL<br>
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CINDERELLA
Barry Howard (as Ugly Sister)
The Churchill Theatre, Bromely, Kent, UK
12 December 1977
Credit: Frazer Ashford / ArenaPAL
ROY HUDD and JACK TRIPP<br>Pantomime Dame<br>Studio Portrait, <br>December 1994, London, UK<br>Credit: Eric Richmond / Arenapal<br>
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ROY HUDD and JACK TRIPP
Pantomime Dame
Studio Portrait,
December 1994, London, UK
Credit: Eric Richmond / Arenapal
Cinderella<br>Drill Hall<br>Lincoln<br>3 December 1997<br>Credit: Sheila Burnett / ArenaPAL
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Cinderella
Drill Hall
Lincoln
3 December 1997
Credit: Sheila Burnett / ArenaPAL
CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME<br>at the Fortune Theatre is Toad of Toad Hall. Derek Smith is Toad, leaping over a picnic table. Watching are l to r:Oscar Quitak as Ratty Michael Barrington as Badger & Richard Goolden as Mole. December 1967<br>Credit: Topfoto / Arenapal
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CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME
at the Fortune Theatre is Toad of Toad Hall. Derek Smith is Toad, leaping over a picnic table. Watching are l to r:Oscar Quitak as Ratty Michael Barrington as Badger & Richard Goolden as Mole. December 1967
Credit: Topfoto / Arenapal
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK<br>Jack Chissick As King Norman <br>Ashley Campbell As Mad Matty <br>Andy Gray As Dame Dolly  <br>Steve Furst As Beastly Boris <br>The Barbican, London<br>December 2007<br>Credit: Nigel Norrington / ArenaPAL
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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Jack Chissick As King Norman
Ashley Campbell As Mad Matty
Andy Gray As Dame Dolly
Steve Furst As Beastly Boris
The Barbican, London
December 2007
Credit: Nigel Norrington / ArenaPAL
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK<br>Helen Baker As Jack<br>At The Barbican, London<br>December 2007 <br>Credit: Nigel Norrington / ArenaPAL
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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Helen Baker As Jack
At The Barbican, London
December 2007
Credit: Nigel Norrington / ArenaPAL
THE SNOW QUEEN <br>Tiffany Graves (The Snow Queen), Simon Bishop (Troll 2), Craig Storrod (Kai) And Lorenzo Martelli (Troll 1)<br>Adapted by: Hope Massiah <br>Author: Hans Christian Andersen <br>Director: Dawn Reid <br>Designer: Jenny Tiramani <br>Theatre Royal Stratford East<br>December 2006<br>Credit: Marilyn Kingwill / ArenaPAL
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THE SNOW QUEEN
Tiffany Graves (The Snow Queen), Simon Bishop (Troll 2), Craig Storrod (Kai) And Lorenzo Martelli (Troll 1)
Adapted by: Hope Massiah
Author: Hans Christian Andersen
Director: Dawn Reid
Designer: Jenny Tiramani
Theatre Royal Stratford East
December 2006
Credit: Marilyn Kingwill / ArenaPAL
CINDERELLA <br>David Ashley (Lucinda), Tameka Empson (Countess Prunella) And Michael Kirk (Lavinia)<br>Hackney Empire, London <br>December 2006<br>Credit: Marilyn Kingwill / ArenaPAL
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CINDERELLA
David Ashley (Lucinda), Tameka Empson (Countess Prunella) And Michael Kirk (Lavinia)
Hackney Empire, London
December 2006
Credit: Marilyn Kingwill / ArenaPAL
DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT<br>Summer Strallen as Dick Whittington <br>Derek Elroy as Tommy the Cat<br>Directed By Edward Hall <br>The Barbican Theatre, London <br>December 2006<br>Credit: Pete Jones / ArenaPAL
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DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT
Summer Strallen as Dick Whittington
Derek Elroy as Tommy the Cat
Directed By Edward Hall
The Barbican Theatre, London
December 2006
Credit: Pete Jones / ArenaPAL
PINOCCHIO <br>Music By: Robert Hyman Adapted By: Trish Cooke <br>Jo Melville (Jam Cricket) And Richard Sumitro (Pinocchio)<br>Theatre Royal Stratford East<br>December 2005<br>Credit: Marilyn Kingwill / ArenaPAL
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PINOCCHIO
Music By: Robert Hyman Adapted By: Trish Cooke
Jo Melville (Jam Cricket) And Richard Sumitro (Pinocchio)
Theatre Royal Stratford East
December 2005
Credit: Marilyn Kingwill / ArenaPAL
MOTHER GOOSE<br>John Inman on stage <br>Victoria Palace Theatre, London <br>22nd December 1981<br>Credit: PA / Topfoto / ArenaPAL
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MOTHER GOOSE
John Inman on stage
Victoria Palace Theatre, London
22nd December 1981
Credit: PA / Topfoto / ArenaPAL
SLEEPING BEAUTY<br>Young Vic Theatre Company At Barbican<br>Helena Lymbery - Goody<br>Daniel Cerqueira  - The Ogress<br>2004<br>Credit: Marilyn Kingwill / ArenaPAL
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SLEEPING BEAUTY
Young Vic Theatre Company At Barbican
Helena Lymbery - Goody
Daniel Cerqueira - The Ogress
2004
Credit: Marilyn Kingwill / ArenaPAL
PANTOMIME CHARACTERS<br>Scrooge and the Pantomime Dame<br>Credit: Sheila Burnett / Arenapal
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PANTOMIME CHARACTERS
Scrooge and the Pantomime Dame
Credit: Sheila Burnett / Arenapal
ALADDIN  <br>Drew Varley - Ping<br>Clive Rowe -  Widow Twanky<br>Hackney Empire, London, UK<br>2004<br>Credit: Marilyn Kingwill / ArenaPAL
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ALADDIN
Drew Varley - Ping
Clive Rowe - Widow Twanky
Hackney Empire, London, UK
2004
Credit: Marilyn Kingwill / ArenaPAL
BABES IN THE WOOD<br>Aldwych Theatre <br>1915<br>Original poster by William True<br>Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
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BABES IN THE WOOD
Aldwych Theatre
1915
Original poster by William True
Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
DICKIE HENDERSON AND ARTHUR ASKEY<br>Babes in the Wood <br>Bristol Hippodrome, UK<br>1975<br>Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
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DICKIE HENDERSON AND ARTHUR ASKEY
Babes in the Wood
Bristol Hippodrome, UK
1975
Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
THE ESSENCE OF PANTOMIME<br>Harlequin, Columbine, Pantaloon, Clown<br>Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
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THE ESSENCE OF PANTOMIME
Harlequin, Columbine, Pantaloon, Clown
Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
JOSEPH GRIMALDI<br>as clowns<br>Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
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JOSEPH GRIMALDI
as clowns
Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
BABES IN THE WOOD<br>Dan Leno and Herbert Campbell <br>Drury Lane Theatre, London, UK<br>1897<br>Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
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BABES IN THE WOOD
Dan Leno and Herbert Campbell
Drury Lane Theatre, London, UK
1897
Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT<br>Grand Christmas Pantomime<br>Poster<br>Drury Lane Theatre<br>Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
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WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT
Grand Christmas Pantomime
Poster
Drury Lane Theatre
Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
CINDERELLA <br>London Coliseum, London, UK <br>1958<br>Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
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CINDERELLA
London Coliseum, London, UK
1958
Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
PETER PAN<br>Poster<br>Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, UK <br>1913<br>Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
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PETER PAN
Poster
Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, UK
1913
Credit: Mander & Mitchenson / ArenaPAL
MOTHER GOOSE<br>Theatre Programme cover<br>London Hippodrome, London, UK <br>1929<br>Credit: Michael Diamond / ArenaPAL
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MOTHER GOOSE
Theatre Programme cover
London Hippodrome, London, UK
1929
Credit: Michael Diamond / ArenaPAL
ALADDIN<br>Theatre Programme Cover<br>Theatre Royal, Brighton, UK<br>1893<br>Credit: Michael Diamond / ArenaPAL
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ALADDIN
Theatre Programme Cover
Theatre Royal, Brighton, UK
1893
Credit: Michael Diamond / ArenaPAL
Sleeping Beauty<br>Pantomime Theatre Programme<br>Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, UK<br>1912<br>Credit: Michael Diamond / ArenaPAL
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Sleeping Beauty
Pantomime Theatre Programme
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London, UK
1912
Credit: Michael Diamond / ArenaPAL
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK<br>Drury Lane Pantomime<br>Credit: Michael Diamond / ArenaPAL
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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Drury Lane Pantomime
Credit: Michael Diamond / ArenaPAL
SLEEPING BEAUTY by Rufus Norris<br>Young Vic Theatre <br>DANIELLE KING as Beauty<br>2002<br>Credit: Colin Willoughby / ArenaPAL
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SLEEPING BEAUTY by Rufus Norris
Young Vic Theatre
DANIELLE KING as Beauty
2002
Credit: Colin Willoughby / ArenaPAL
DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS MAGICAL CAT<br>For the first time, London Zoo is to host a ful-scale, traditional Pantomime this Christmas.'Ex Dr Who, Sylvester McCoy will be 'King Rat' and Cassie Compton from X Factor will star as 'Alice Fitzwarren     <br>2005 <br>Credit: UPPA / Topfoto / Arenapal
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DICK WHITTINGTON AND HIS MAGICAL CAT
For the first time, London Zoo is to host a ful-scale, traditional Pantomime this Christmas.'Ex Dr Who, Sylvester McCoy will be 'King Rat' and Cassie Compton from X Factor will star as 'Alice Fitzwarren
2005
Credit: UPPA / Topfoto / Arenapal
Crowd waiting for the Lyceum Pantomime on Boxing Day 1915<br>Credit: Topfoto / Arenapal
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Crowd waiting for the Lyceum Pantomime on Boxing Day 1915
Credit: Topfoto / Arenapal
Training children for Drury Lane Pantomime under the direction  Mme Blessie Sismondi at the Tiller school of Dancing<br>25 November 1919<br>Credit: Topfoto / Arenapal
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Training children for Drury Lane Pantomime under the direction Mme Blessie Sismondi at the Tiller school of Dancing
25 November 1919
Credit: Topfoto / Arenapal
Preparing pantomime props at Julian Wylye's workshops at Cricklewood<br>15 November 1932<br>Credit: Topfoto / ArenaPAL
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Preparing pantomime props at Julian Wylye's workshops at Cricklewood
15 November 1932
Credit: Topfoto / ArenaPAL
THE THREE BEARS<br>Goldilocks and The Three Bears<br>Three dimensional illustration from The Three Bears in Raphael Tuck's 'Combined Expanding Toy and Painting Book Series <br>circa 1900<br>Credit: Topfoto / ArenaPAL
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THE THREE BEARS
Goldilocks and The Three Bears
Three dimensional illustration from The Three Bears in Raphael Tuck's 'Combined Expanding Toy and Painting Book Series
circa 1900
Credit: Topfoto / ArenaPAL
PUSS IN BOOTS  <br>Gustav Dore's illustration to Perrault's tale, 'Puss in Boots'.  The cat, dressed as a human, attracts the attention of the aritoscracy, and wins a fortune for his master<br>Credit: Charles Walker/Topfoto/ArenaPAL
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PUSS IN BOOTS
Gustav Dore's illustration to Perrault's tale, 'Puss in Boots'. The cat, dressed as a human, attracts the attention of the aritoscracy, and wins a fortune for his master
Credit: Charles Walker/Topfoto/ArenaPAL
PUSS IN BOOTS<br>Rehearsals for the London Palladium Pantomime <br>L to R : Joan Regan, as Linda, Dick Emery, as Puss in Boots, Audrey Jeans, as &quotDuchess of Monte Polo", and standing at the back Frankie Vaughan who plays &quotFrancesco".<br>December 1962<br>Credit: Topfoto / ArenaPAL
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PUSS IN BOOTS
Rehearsals for the London Palladium Pantomime
L to R : Joan Regan, as Linda, Dick Emery, as Puss in Boots, Audrey Jeans, as "Duchess of Monte Polo", and standing at the back Frankie Vaughan who plays "Francesco".
December 1962
Credit: Topfoto / ArenaPAL