Before becoming family entertainment, pantomime centred around the lawless mayhem perpetrated by the Clown.
Kim Newman. The story of ‘the first Noel’ is so steeped in violence that no film version of the Nativity has been able to cope with it.
Henry James left America for England in 1876 and stayed for the next three decades. Here, taken from his travel memoir English Hours, James describes a late-19th century Christmas spent in the North of England.