Horses in British Theatre

Global Horse Culture Archive on March 10, 2008, 19:55


Pantomime horses are a stock British comedy character played by two people in a horse costume. One person plays the front legs and head, the other bends over and plays the hindquarters and hind legs. They come from the tradition of comic folk and street theater going back to the Middle Ages. The comical plays are staged in every town and city, particularly at Christmas, by professionals or amateurs. The exact setting and story varies (and may be loosely based on a well known story like Cinderella or Peter Pan), but always features a boy loves girl/good versus evil storyline and well-known stock


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