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Mother Goose (2001)
The story of Mother Goose is possibly the oldest story to be turned into a pantomime. It dates back to an ancient Greek legend about a goose that laid golden eggs. It is also one of the earliest pantomimes seen in Great Britain, nearly two hundred years ago.
Mother Goose can be confusing-
The story first appeared in 1806 as an early pantomime called “Harlequin and Mother Goose or The Golden Egg”. It opened on Boxing day and played for 92 nights, making it the most successful pantomime to date. Hastily put together in six weeks it had the great clown Joseph (Joey) Grimaldi in it, In those times the pantomime was very short, and was followed by “The Harlequinade”, the main part of the evening’s entertainment. Up to this point it was Harlequin himself who was the main character, but after “Mother Goose” all this was to change! The part most featured was the Clown, played by the very popular Grimaldi. From then on the Clown became the biggest part in Harlequinade and in Pantomime.
The pantomime of “Mother Goose” as we know it today is not as old-
In previous versions Mother Goose was a mysterious character-
The pantomime has a strong moral-
The story tells of how Mother Goose is about to be thrown off her land because she cannot pay the Squire and his Bailiffs the rent. Along comes Priscilla the goose. Mother Goose loves her as a friend and doesn’t know the good fairy has sent her to help Mother Goose. Priscilla lays golden eggs, and Mother Goose is rich. Along comes the Demon King (sometimes called “Demon Discord”). He has a bet with the fairy. He claims there is no-
The Demon King tempts Mother Goose with the one thing she doesn’t have-
All her friends don’t like her now-
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