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DAMES

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"The Dame is one of the TRUE traditions
of UK Theatre!"

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A pantomime dame is a traditional role in British pantomime. It is part of the theatrical tradition of travesti portrayal of female characters by male actors in drag. Dame characters are often played either in an extremely camp style, or else by men acting butch in women's clothing. The dame has been the highlight for many pantomime audience's over the years and the role has been taken on by many famous and talented faces. Have a look below at some of dames over the years. 

Highlights of a dame on film
 

Roy Alvis

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1969/70: Cinderella - Darlington Civic
1970/71: Cinderella - Doncaster Civic

1971/72: Cinderella - Cliffs Pavilion, Southend

1973/74: Cinderella - Gaumant Thetare, Doncaster

1974/75: Cinderella - Floral Hall, Scarborough

1975/76: Sleeping Beauty - Camberley Civic

1976/77: Mother Goose - Camberley Civic

1977/78: Cinderella - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

1978/79: Mother Goose - Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

1979/80: Cinderella - St Albans City Hall

1980/81: Cinderella - Hornsey

1981/82: Cinderella - Nell Gywnne Theatre, Hereford

1984/85: Cinderella - Hanley Theatre Royal

1985/86: Puss in Boots - Camberley Civic

1986/87: Cinderella - Kirkcaldy, Adam Smith Theatre

1987/88: Jack and the Beanstalk - Kirkcaldy, Adam Smith Theatre

1988/89: Cinderella - Orchard Theatre, Dartford

1989/90: Aladdin - Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford

1990/91: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Theatre Royal, Hanley

1991/92: Dick Whittington - Horsham Arts Centre

1992/93: Jack and the Beanstalk - Kings Theatre, Southsea

1993/94: Jack and the Beanstalk - Charter Theatre, Preston

1994/95: Jack and the Beanstalk - Horsham Arts Centre

1995/96: Mother Goose - Pontrypridd Muni Arts Centre

1996/97: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Porthcawl Grand Pavilion

1997/98: Aladdin - Camberley Arts Link

1998/99: Aladdin - Weston Super Mare Playhouse

1999/00: Jack and the Beanstalk - Porthcawl Grand Pavilion

2004/05: Jack and the Beanstalk - Horsham Arts Centre

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Video: Roy Alvis performs Toy Boy from Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs 1990

DAVID ASHLEY
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David Ashley

2011/12: CinderellaWyvern Theatre, Swindon

2012/13: Aladdin (Not as Dame - As Abanazar) Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

2013/14: Jack and the Beanstalk - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

2014/15: Dick Whittington - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

2015/16: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

2016/17: Cinderella - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

2022/23: Beauty and the Beast - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

2023/24: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
 

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Video: 2016 panto launch video featuring David Ashley

Video: 2014 panto launch video featuring David Ashley

Colin Baker

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TREVOR BANNISER

Trevor Bannister

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Trevor Gordon Bannister (14 August 1934 – 14 April 2011) was an English actor best known for having played the womanising junior salesman Mr Lucas in the sitcom Are You Being Served? from 1972 to 1979, and for his role as Toby Mulberry Smith in the long-running sitcom Last of the Summer Wine, from 2003 until it ended its run in 2010.

1978/79: Robinson Crusoe - Mecca State Theatre, Grays
1979/80: Aladdin - Theatre Royal Windsor
1981/82: Dick Whittington - Beck Theare Hayes
1983/84: Aladdin - Chichester Festival Theatre

1984/85: Aladdin - Congress Theatre Eastbourne

1985/86: The Wizard of Oz - Kings Theatre Southsea

1986/87: Dick Whittington - Beck Theatre Hayes

1992/93: Jack and the Beanstalk - Wyvern Theatre in Swindon

1994/95: Sleeping Beauty - Crewe Lyceum

1995/96: Snow White - Harlequin Theatre Redhill

1996/97: Jack and the Beanstalk - Poole Arts Centre

1997/98: Jack and the Beanstalk - Harlequin Theatre Redhill

1998/99: Jack and the Beanstalk - Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

1999/00: Aladdin - Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

2000/01: Jack & The Beanstalk - Theatre Royal Windsor

2001/02: Dick Whittington - Theatre Royal Windsor

2002/03: Mother Goose - Middlesborough Theatre

2003/04;: Aladdin - Lyceum Theatre Sheffield

2004/05: Aladdin - Riverfront Newport

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