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The Chelsea Historical Pageant
Performed in 1908, the Chelsea Pageant was part of the initial wave of ‘pageantitis’, and notably the first pageant to be staged within the capital. ‘Little Chelsea’, declared The Times, was ‘going...
This pageant was billed as ‘A Festival of Local History encapsulating 2000 years of Huntingdon’s history in a series of costume scenes by local schools, players and organisations supported by sound...
Historical Pageant of Huntingdonshire
Huntingdon had not held a pageant since the wildly successful pageant at Hinchingbrooke in 1912, though there had been further pageants in the county (e.g., Buckden, 1932). Hinchingbrooke House, wh...
Hinchingbrooke was a country house a mile or so to the west of Huntingdon, which was, until 1974 (when the county as a whole was assimilated into Cambridgeshire), the county town of Huntingdonshire...
The Walthamstow Pageant 1930
The Walthamstow Pageant of 1930 was staged to commemorate the granting of a Charter of Borough Incorporation the previous year. It took place indoors at the plush Palace Theatre, an impressive buil...
The Walthamstow Pageant 1934
The Walthamstow Pageant of 1934 was the borough’s second of the decade, after the same-titled event in 1930. In most ways it was the same as the first, barring a few changes to the script. It again...
There had been pageants at Chailey put on by the Heritage Craft Schools for lame and crippled children in 1919, 1920, and 1922, though these had all been processional.
The Pageant of Parliament
The Pageant of Parliament, also advertised as ‘Parliament and the People’, was a major pageant-play that took place in the Royal Albert Hall in 1934. It had an extensive run of 24 performances, a c...
The Pageant of London
The Pageant of London was the main attraction of the Festival of Empire at Crystal Palace in 1911. Undoubtedly the largest and most ambitious pageant of the Edwardian period, if not the whole twent...
Scenes from Old Walden
Did Saffron Walden possess the material with which to make a successful Pageant? The London Daily News was equivocal on the subject, remarking that ‘Few towns possess a more interesting history tha...
Jed Esty has argued that the involvement of number of modernist writers, including T.S. Eliot, E.M. Forster and Virginia Woolf, in writing (or writing about) historical pageants in the 1930s was a ...