Panto Day is back!

Sandra Giorgetti

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Panto.

And what better way to usher in the season than have a day that celebrates all things Panto.

Wednesday 5th December is Panto Day's first birthday and already over 100 theatres and companies are lending their support. But everyone is invited to participate in Panto Day—tweet about the show you're going to see or with reminiscences of Pantos past (hashtag #panto), post a photo of a panto outing on Facebook or just tell your favourite dame how much you love her … him … her (either … both …)!

If you're a panto professional this is your chance to do something extra special and tweet all about it. A number of panto performers are signed up to be live blogging and tweeting throughout the day to give people an insider's view of a day in the life of a panto.

Pantomime has featured on festive calendars for over 300 years and it is so much a part of the British culture it is a wonder that Panto Day isn't a national holiday.

The co-ordinator of the panto–fest that is Panto Day is British Theatre Guide's very own Simon Sladen who says: "Having showcased the very latest in fashions, tastes, trends and technologies in its history, it seems only fitting that in the 21st Century we should use social media sites like Twitter to celebrate this wonderful performance genre.”

For more ideas you can follow the latest Panto Day news on Twitter @Panto_Day or follow Simon on @simonsladen or visit Panto Day's official web site at www.celebratepanto.co.uk.  The event also has its very own Dame, Dame Henrietta (Hettie); follow her on Hashtag @HettieHashtag.

Get ready to support panto on 5 December!