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n, pl -tos
(Theatre) informal Brit short for pantomime1
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(ˈpæn təˌmaɪm)

n., v. -mimed, -mim•ing. n.
1. the art of conveying emotions, actions, and thoughts by gestures without speech.
2. a play or entertainment in which the performers express themselves by gesture alone, often to the accompaniment of music.
3. significant gesture without speech.
4. (in the Roman Empire)
a. a masked dancer, accompanied by a chorus.
b. a dramatic performance by such a dancer and chorus.
5. a theatrical spectacle common in England at Christmastime, with stock characters who sing, dance, and tell jokes.
6. a pantomimist.
7. to express in pantomime.
8. to express oneself in pantomime.
[1580–90; earlier pantomimus < Latin < Greek pantómīmos]
pan`to•mim′ic (-ˈmɪm ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.panto - an abbreviation of pantomime
dumb show, pantomime, mime - a performance using gestures and body movements without words
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
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"We have scenery and costumes from the companies that supply all the professional and amateur pantos in England.
Whilst predominantly aimed at children, modern pantos often include a little double entendre that the kids don't often pick up on but which has the adults rolling in the aisles!
He works with Imagine Theatre which is behind 12 glitzy family pantos up and down the country over the festive season including Snow White at the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington.
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Michael says you have to keep surprising audiences, which is why 3D effects, a highlight of the past two pantos, won't be a main attraction this year, although there will be an animatronic horse and raven.
I want to see how English pantos differ from our traditional shows.
Joe, who writes his pantos in the corner of The Turnpike pub in Chapel House, said: "I love writing while having a pint."
Brian has starred in a recordsix pantos at the Hippodrome and the current Robinson Crusoe show follows Cinderella last year.