I don't know if other countries have pantomime as part of their theatrical tradition but here in Great Britain it is a major part of the Christmas season.
Many towns and cities will have their own; from local amateur dramatic productions to big all star cast productions.
A recent trend has been to attract "big names" from the world of TV to star in the productions and bring in the audiences. The soap opera world in particular.
This year at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury the cast was headed by Stephen Mulhern, who we know as a game show host.
In Ben Roddy we have a superb dame. If you don't know what a panto dame is, Google it.
This year the panto was Dick Whittington. The tale of the young man coming to London to seek his fame and fortune.
This Dick achieved his fame and won the girl of his dreams, Alice, a rather different way. Going to sea and being shipwrecked in Morocco and defeating the King of the Rats there is a very different story. As a reward he became Lord Mayor of London.
Another brilliant show. Another triumph.
Dick Whittington was actually a real person. He was born almost 650 years ago and was Lord Mayor four times. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Whittington
Not far from where I work there is the hospital and the cat mentioned in the link above. The cat is made of brass and enclosed in a wire cage
The Marlowe Production: http://www.marlowetheatre.com/page/3009/Dick-Whittington/1076
Next year Peter Pan.
We enjoyed it so much I have already booked for next year. This year the seats were a bit too high and we had people in front with St Vitus Dance (google it!) and so I booked us front row circle seats instead. No one in front of us.