Iain Lauchlan explores the features of a pantomime and the history behind them

Here at the Belgrade, our annual Christmas pantomimes are always a huge hit with families from across Coventry and Warwickshire, bringing together audiences of all ages.

For many people, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to the panto – but if you’ve never been to one before, you might not be sure what to expect, and the things you’ve heard might sound a little strange!

In this week’s video, our regular panto writer, director and Dame Iain Lauchlan explains more about what happens in a pantomime, as well talking through some of the history behind this very unique type of British theatre.