Panto in the Presidio
Panto in the Presidio is an annual tradition that began in 2021 at the Presidio Theatre, developed by Executive Producer Peggy Haas as a way to introduce San Francisco to the beloved holiday tradition of Panto.
Panto is a popular style of theater from the UK that presents a highly interactive and comedic musical re-telling of a well-known children’s story or fairytale. Pantos are beloved for their original songs and musical parodies, outlandish costumes, slapstick, and political satire. Many pantos star a Panto Dame as a lead character, usually dressed in drag. Panto audiences are encouraged to dress up for the performance, to get out of their seats, and get involved in the play as they boo for the villains, cheer for the heroes and heroines, and sometimes even find themselves up on stage with the actors.