Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

Pantomime began as a type of traveling Italian street theatre known as Commedia dell'arte which came to Britain in the 16th century. Over the centuries it has developed into a festive entertainment that is still beloved by modern audiences. Discover more about the history of pantomime and it’s numerous well-loved stories and characters.

A gift in your will

You may not have thought of including a gift to a museum in your will, but the V&A is a charity and legacies form an important source of funding for our work. It is not just the great collectors and the wealthy who leave legacies to the V&A. Legacies of all sizes, large and small, make a real difference to what we can do and your support can help ensure that future generations enjoy the V&A as much as you have.

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