BBC Learning English
There is a type of British theatre
that is colourful, unique and a bit strange. I'm sure you know about
some of the odd traditions that the British have but nothing is as
odd as the pantomime.
You can now enjoy some of the pantomime
experience by listening to the BBC Learning English team perform their
very own adaption of the story of Cinderella. Today you can hear part
one. The story is set a long time ago in a land far far away. Cinderella
lives in a large house with her two ugly step sisters, who really
aren't that nice to her. She leads a really miserable life but all
that is about to change.
The British Pantomime Tradition
It's an idea that originates in Greece
but came to the UK hundreds of years ago and has become something
that gets performed around Christmas and New Year time. Pantomime
is a mix of music, dance, slapstick and buffoonery. There are colourful
and outrageous costumes. It is a fun, family feast of entertainment
and tends to be watched at this time of the year.
The stories are based on traditional
children's stories but are adapted and re-told in a different way.
You may be familiar with some of these stories: Aladdin, Snow White,
Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella.
[ from BBC Learning English ]
Cinderella Part 2
Cinderella Part 3
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