I still have no clue how a pantomime is supposed to work (in the middle of it all characters change into characters inspired by the commedia dell’ arte???). It doesn’t help that all authors who’ve written on this subject seem to assume that all of their readers have seen Christmas pantomimes and know what they are.
Fortunately, it seems I don’t have to write about pantomimes in the dratted d, as the Planchè play I want to discuss is allegedly an extravaganza. Now I just need to solve the riddle of the toy-theatre play … Among other dramatis personae, there is a doctor and a clown, but no Harlequin. There’s a tableaux at the end, but no proper transformation scene.