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Theatre Britain

photography courtesy of Mark Trew/Theatre Britain

Theatre Britain

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As the name implies, Theatre Britain specializes in productions written by British playwrights. Though this nonprofit group put on its first play in the mid-1990s, it didn’t start producing a full season’s worth of shows until 2002. Recently the company has been staging about three productions per year.

Theatre Britain’s signature show is the “panto,” a fairytale adapted for the stage that includes singing, dancing, laughing, and plenty of audience participation. The main character is often played by a man in drag, creating a comically exaggerated personality that keeps the audience laughing. Because guests are encouraged to boo, hiss, cheer, and sing, the plays are a fun way to introduce kids to the theater.

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