Peer Reviewed

Sladen, Simon. 2018. ‘Design for Pantomime’ in eds. Long, Philip and Norman, Joanna. The Story of Scottish Design. London: Thames and Hudson / V&A. pp 144-145.

Sladen, Simon. 2017. ‘From Mother Goose to Master: Training Networks and Knowledge Transfer in Modern British Pantomime’.  Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (Special Popular Performance Issue), Vol 8, Issue 2, pp. 206-224.

Sladen, Simon. 2017. ‘Hiya Fans: Celebrity Reception in Modern British Pantomime’ in eds. Ainsworth, Adam, Double, Oliver and Peacock, Louise. Popular Performance: A Reader. London: Methuen Drama. pp. 184-208.

Sladen, Simon. 2014. ‘The Death of the Dame? Tales from the National Database of Pantomime Performance’. Studies in Theatre and Performance, Vol. 35, Issue 1, pp. 80-89.

Sladen, Simon. 2012. ‘The globality of pantomime: a brief excursion’. Popular Entertainment Studies, Vol. 3, Issue 2, pp. 65-71.

Book Reviews

Sladen, Simon. 2012. Heritage, Nostalgia and Modern British Theatre: Staging the Victorians by Benjamin Poore. Reviewed in: New Theatre Quarterly, 29(3), pp. 299-300.

Sladen, Simon. 2012. Creating Pantomime, by Joyce Branagh and Keith Orton. Reviewed in: Studies in Musical Theatre 6 (2) pp. 255-257.

Sladen, Simon. 2011. The Politics of the Pantomime. Regional Identity in the Theatre 1860-1900, by Jill Sullivan. Reviewed in: New Theatre Quarterly, 27(3), pp. 293-294.

Sladen, Simon. 2011. Victorian Pantomime, ed. Jim Davis. Reviewed in: New Theatre Quarterly, 27(3), pp. 293-294.

Online and Press

Sladen, Simon. 2015. ‘Twankey my dear, I don’t give a dame!’  4 Dec. BBC Get Creative. Online.

Sladen, Simon. 2015. ‘How the globe warmed to panto’. The Stage. 27 Nov. pp 36-37.

Sladen, Simon. 2014. ‘Brummie Beanstalks: A History of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Birmingham Hippodrome’. 12 Dec. Birmingham Hippodrome. Online.

Sladen, Simon. 2013. ‘The Home of Pantomime: From Drury Lane to the Birmingham Hippodrome’. 6 Dec. Birmingham Hippodrome. Online.

Haill, Catherine and Simon Sladen. 2013. ‘Spotlight On…Panto’. Period Living, December 2013, pp.125-128.

Sladen, Simon. 2012. ‘Raising the Anchor on Robinson Crusoe – A Potted History’. 5 Dec. Birmingham Hippodrome. Online.

Over 200 reviews for the British Theatre Guide since November 2009, as well as a monthly pantomime news blogs, interviews and podcasts. For more details see:

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