Why do women play the leading role in pantomimes, which is often a male character?

Pantomime

Mystery Hour Question

Why do women play the leading role in pantomimes, which is often a male character?

Jake, East Grinstead

Answer

**Definitive**


Name: Zoe, Chessington

Qualification: Ancestors were some of the first women to play the roles

Answer: In the early 1800s new laws were introduced in the London theatre which restricted the amount of child actors they could use, so they started to cast women in the roles instead.

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