The Theater: Christmas Pantomime

The hum of multitudes was there, but multitudes of lambs, Thousands of little boys & girls raising their innocent hands.

When William Blake wrote these lines he had been touched by the spectacle of English children, more than a hundred years ago, at a Holy Thursday service in St. Paul's. But his lines describe, no less perfectly, the thousands of little boys & girls who, this Christmas season as for centuries past, swarmed into the theaters of Britain for the Christmas Pantomime. And they describe what went on in the spirits of many men & women who had come along, nominally, to...

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