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The Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens
Edwin EignerEdwin Eigner

is popular theatre, derived from the Italian improvisatory street theatre, commedia dell'arte. In Britain it has flourished with radical and persistent changes since the 18th century, and then as now many British theatres depended on Christmas pantomime for financial stability. Dickens was a close friend of pantomime writers, scene designers, and reviewers, and an enthusiastic pantomime critic, contributing articles to the journals he edited in the course of his long career, most notably ‘The Pantomime of Life’ (... ...

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