Simon Sladen

London reviewer and panto editor

Simon is Senior Curator, Modern and Contemporary Performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum. His research interests include modern British pantomime, its evolution since 1945 and the genre’s use of celebrity. He is Curator of the National Database of Pantomime Performance and Founder / Co-ordinator of National Panto Day. 

Twitter: @SimonSladen


Latest reviews

Abi Casson Thompson (Jill) and Robert Pearce (Mother Goose), Jack Atkins

Two Petite Pantos

Robert Pearce (Robert Pearce in association with Elevation Productions at Drayton Arms Theatre, London).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen

Ceri Dupree and David Dale, Paul Coltas


Alan McHugh with additional material by Matt Slack and the Grumbleweeds (Qdos Entertainment at Birmingham Hippodrome).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen

Count Arthur Strong (Emperor Ming) Issy van Randwyck (Scheherazade), Christopher Biggins (Widow Twankey) and Rikki Jay (Wishee Washee), Craig Sugden


Jonathan Kiley and Alan McHugh (Qdos Entertainment at Richmond Theatre).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen

Ben Faulks (Idle Jacques) and Morgan Brind (Dame Betty Brioche), Robert Day

Beauty and the Beast

Morgan Brind (Little Wolf Entertainment at Derby Arena).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen

The cast of Cinderella, Nottingham Playhouse


Kenneth Alan Taylor (Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company at Nottingham Playhouse).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen

Gary Wilmot (Sarah the Cook), Charlie Stemp (Dick Whittington) & Emma Williams (Alice Fitzwarren), Paul Coltas

Dick Whittington

Alan McHugh with additional material by Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin and David McGillivray (Qdos Entertainment at London Palladium).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen

Lloyd Hollett (Mr Starkey) and Ben Roddy (Mrs Smee) in Peter Pan at the Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Paul Clapp

Peter Pan

Paul Hendy (Evolution Productions at Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen