Christmas Pantomime at the Theatre Royal, 1842: Baron Munchausen

From the Birmingham Journal, December 31, 1842.

THEATRE ROYAL, BIRMINGHAM

TRIUMPHANT SUCCESS OF THE NEW, GRAND CHRISTMAS
PANTOMIME

On Saturday, December 31, 1842, will be performed Sheridan Knowles’s admired play of the
HUNCHBACK.

To conclude with a new and original Comic Pantomime, which has been four months in preparation, adapted expressly for the well-known resources of this Theatre, with new Music, splendid Scenic Illusions, appropriate Costume Tricks, Properties and Transformations, founded on one of the oldest German nursery legends extant, wherein are narrated the truly wonderful and extraordinary Travels, Campaigns, Achievements, Adventures and Exploits of that renowned and illustrious individual, who gives the title to the present production, to be called

BARON MUNCHAUSEN;
or HARLEQUIN AND THE GENII OF THE
GREEN ISLANDS
________

The Music of the Introduction to the Pantomime, entirely composed by Mr. A. Mellon, leader of the band; the remainder selected by him from well-known authorities, ancient and modern.
The magnificent Scenery, designed and executed by Mr. Laycock; the Machinery and Changes by Mr. T. Watson; the Tricks and Properties by Mr. Wyatt; the Dresses by Mr. Grindell.
The Pantomime written by Mr. De Hayes, and produced under his direction, who, in propounding this, the third Production of his Pen, trusts it may Prove as fortunate as its Predecessors, and Pants to Place the Present Peculiar and Particularly Pleasing Pantomime ‘Pon the Pinnacle of Public Popularity; Praying the Plaudits of the Pleasure Preferring Public,

at this Pastemious Period.

Programme of Persons Personated
Baron Munchausen [of high renown] Mr. H. Webb
[afterwards, Harlequin] Mr. W. Rignold
Hoppitikikinyjumpo [attendant imp on the Green Wizard] Mr. Atkins
Green Wizard [afterwards Clown] Mr De Hayes

Pantomimic Scenes and Incidents:
ENCHANTED LAND AND FAIRY LAKE
THE REGIONS OF WINTER
TERRIFIC LAND STORM
Mystic appearance of

The Green Wizard in his Magic Temple of Ice, attended by
the Demons of Hail, Frost, Snow and Sleet

Magical Thaw of Enchantment from Winter to Summer
German Village Church and Steeple

MUNCHAUSEN SHOOTS HIS HORSE  FROM
THE STEEPLE!

MUNCHAUSEN SHOT FROM A CANNON!
View of the Green Island
Munchausen shoots the Flying Pig!
The abode of the Queen of the Morning Star
___________

Welcome now, the Follies of Fun and Pantomime!

*** The Theatre Royal archives can be found at the Library of Birmingham. Read more about them here: http://theironroom.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/351/

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