Information drawn from 'Survey of Historical Pageants' undertaken by Mick Wallis; with thanks to Heather Constance of Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre.
Place: The Green (?) (Mitcham) (Mitcham, Surrey, England)
Number of performances: 1
22 June 1922
The venue of the pageant performance was probably Mitcham Cricket Green.
Name of pageant master and other named staff
- Director [Pageant Master]: Devenish, Mrs Weston
Names of executive committee or equivalent
Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)
Names of composers
Numbers of performers
Object of any funds raised
The Coronation of King George V.
Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest
- Street procession
- Sports events
Key historical figures mentioned
Elizabeth I (1533–1603) queen of England and Ireland
Newspaper coverage of pageant
Book of words
Other primary published materials
References in secondary literature
Archival holdings connected to pageant
- Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre holds a copy of the programme, as well as some photographs.
Sources used in preparation of pageant
This is an early example of an historical pageant held to
celebrate a coronation, in this case that of George V in 1911. The years before
the First World War saw great enthusiasm for all things Elizabethan. This was
reflected in rising popularity of mock-Tudor architecture, the ‘Merrie England’
preoccupations of the folk song and dance revival, and the burgeoning of an
increasingly commodified Shakespeare cult. These were the years that saw
Stratford-upon-Avon establish itself as a major tourist destination, and the
staging of ‘Shakespeare’s England’, a massively elaborate summer-long
exhibition at Earl’s Court in London, featuring life-size models of Tudor buildings
and a replica of the Revenge, one of
the ships that helped fend off the Spanish Armada in 1588.1
The focus of the Mitcham pageant accorded with such developments; indeed, the pageant was entirely concentrated on the Elizabethan period, paying particular attention to one of the several visits to the locality made by the queen. The action culminated with a scene portraying the bringing of the news that the Spanish Armada had set sail for England.
Photographs from the time indicate that there was also a procession of performers through Mitcham.
1 Paul Readman, ‘The place of the Past in English Culture, c.1890-1914’, Past and Present, 186 (2005), esp. 166-8
How to cite this entry
Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘Mitcham Pageant’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1595/