The Spirit of Victory

Pageant type

Notes

Information drawn from 'Survey of Historical Pageants' undertaken by Mick Wallis; with thanks to Patricia Sheldon of Newcastle City Library.

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Performances

Place: St James' Park Football Ground (Newcastle upon Tyne) (Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, England)

Year: 1942

Indoors/outdoors: Outdoors

Number of performances: 4

Notes

1–8 August 1942 (performances on 1, 3, 5, and 8 Aug.)

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Audience information

  • Grandstand: Yes
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Notes

Given the venue, tens of thousands of people saw this pageant. The capacity of St James' Park at this time was at least 60,000.

Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest

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Archival holdings connected to pageant

  • Newcastle City Library holds a 4-page document (a programme?) relating to the pageant.

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Summary

As had been the case during the Great War, relatively few large-scale historical pageants were staged during the Second World War. There were exceptions, of course, including Basil Dean's St Paul's Steps, put on by around one hundred ENSA performers to an audience that likely exceeded ten thousand. Billed as a 'grand open air pageant' and held in St James' Park football ground in August 1942, 'The Spirit of Victory' appears to have been another such example. Sponsored by the city corporation and performed four times, this was a major piece of wartime propaganda, evidently designed to raise morale and support for the British war effort (the panoramic portrayal of which was portrayed in the finale).

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How to cite this entry

Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘The Spirit of Victory’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1604/