Peer Reviewed

Simon Sladen. 2020. ‘”That sort of fairy tale’s no use in the new Victorian age that’s coming”: The past as a metaphor for the present in Peter Nichols’s Poppy’. Popular Entertainment Studies, Vol. 11, Issue 1-2.

Sladen, Simon. 2020. ‘Wicked Queens of Pantoland’ in Edward, Mark and Farrier, Stephen. Drag Histories, Herstories and Herstories: Drag in a Changing Scene (Vol. 2). London: Bloomsbury.

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. 2019. Staging Fairyland: Folkore, Children’s Entertainment, and Nineteenth-Century Pantomime by Jennifer Schacker. Reviewed in: New Theatre Quarterly, 35(3), p. 287.

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, Opinion and Press

Sladen, Simon. 2019. ‘Is comedy the most powerful artform of them all?‘. 16 April. Chortle. Online.

Sladen, Simon. 2018. ‘Why pantomime must be updated for the modern age‘. The Stage. 22 Nov. pp 10-11..

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.

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