Simon is widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading experts on British Pantomime. He is Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Chairman of the Society for Theatre Research and Pantomime Editor for the British Theatre Guide.
Latest V&A Museum News:
- Simon is currently curating Ivan Kyncl: Captured for the Theatre & Performance Galleries to open in February 2019 and a new display on Comedy and Britishness to open in the British Galleries in March 2019.
- Censored! Stage, Screen, Society at 50 is now open in the Theatre & Performance Galleries charting the history of theatre censorship in the UK and its abolition in 1968.
- It’s 50 years since the end of stage censorship in Britain – but how free are artists really? – Simon speaks to The Independent about the V&A’s latest Display.
- Hair: The musical that changed theatre forever – Simon speaks to BBC News about the show’s lasting legacy post-censorship.
- ‘Q&A with Simon Sladen‘ – Simon speaks to the Museums Journal about the Tommy Cooper Collection and collecting comedy:
- ‘V&A Acquires the Tommy Cooper Collection‘ – Simon speaks to the Guardian, Telegraph, BBC, ITV, BBC Radio 4, WhatsOnStage, The Stage, iNews and Chortle about the National Collection of Theatre & Performance’s latest acquisition.
- ‘The Importance of Space to Performance Costume Collections‘ – Simon speaks to Elizabeth Francis and the Costume Society about the use of costume in the V&A’s Theatre & Performance Galleries.
Latest Pantomime News:
- Simon’s latest pantomime blog is available via the British Theatre Guide
- Simon’s piece ‘Designing Scottish Pantomime’ has recently been published in the V&A’s new publication The Story of Scottish Design marking the opening of V&A Dundee.
- Simon’s chapter ‘Hiya Fans: Celebrity Reception in Modern British Pantomime’ was published by Bloomsbury in edited collection Popular Performance
- Simon’s article ‘From Mother Goose to Master: Training Networks and Knowledge Transfer in Modern British Pantomime’ was published in a special edition of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training
- Simon has been commissioned to write a chapter on Drag Villains for an edited collection on drag to be published in 2019.