principal boy


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principal boy

the leading male role in a pantomime, played by a woman
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With a full supporting cast of humble Principal Boy (Jill McDonald), his spirited sweetheart (Chrisanthi Livadiotis) and raucous comedy duo Herr Kutt and Rinz (Oscar Dimitriou and Nadine Tsielepis) all doing their best to complicate matters, the scene is set for an evening (or afternoon) of riotous enjoyment.
In three of the shows the Queen was in the principal boy role - traditionally played with thigh-slapping relish by a good-looking young actress.
In three of the shows, the Queen was a principal boy - traditionally played by a good-looking young actress.
With Douglas Erskine-Crum donning the garb of Widow Twankey, the principal boy - and yes, this time it is a boy - is revealed as Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, who steps forward with magic lamp held aloft and a copy of the levy determination tucked into the belt of his tight velvet pants.
Otherwise, it's pretty much pantomime time, with the tiger Shere Khan (Benedict Martin) and his hyena henchman Tabaqui (Philip Scutt) the hissable villains and Steven Castelaz's Mowgli, a nimble principal boy who triumphs over his arch-enemy but is driven back to the jungle by human prejudice.
Importantly for Woolf, the stock pantomime figures of the Principal Boy and the Dame--figures traditionally played by cross-dressing actors--occupy multiple shifting identities and can simultaneously suggest an erotics that is both straight and queer.
Dean's first stage experience was playing principal boy at the Gaiety in 1978.
A Touring Company then put on a variety of shows, the first performance being Cinderella with Lottie Holland as first Principal Boy.
The timing of the pantomime at Christmas and the role reversal of the lead characters (the principal boy being played by a girl and the Dame by a man) may have also evolved from the Tudor Feast of Fools.
This year's leading characters are being played by society stalwarts, including Neil Broadbent as Simple Simon; 18-year-old Chloe Byrnes as Dreamer Day Jill (she's off to theatre school next year); principal boy Zoe Clarkson; and Dom Moccia as Black Spider (the baddie).
Sal, the smallest giant in panto history, and Tony, the back end of Daisy the Cow, are contracted to kill Jackie - a former RSC actress 'reduced to' playing principal boy ("I used to be in the Main House you know," she cries).
And the Principal Boy footwear should have been left with the pantomime props where they belong.

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