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Gaslight Fairies by Ann Featherstone

Posted on: 20/12/2013 with tags: ann featherstone, christmas, dickens, gaslight fairies, history

Charles Dickens called them ‘Gaslight Fairies’ – the little children, some as young as four, who  populated the London and provincial stages during the pantomime season. They were recruited in November each year – up to two hundred of them for the larger shows at Drury Lane – as miniature soldiers or sailors, South Sea Island flowers, insects and of course fairies, which burst from an unpromising plaster mushroom or a prickly-leaved bush into a tiny, spangled flying creature every night. Over Ch…

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