E. L. Blanchard (1820-1889)

E. L. (Edward) Blanchard was a drama critic and a playwright who specialized in pantomimes. The author's first script was "Jack and the Beanstalk" (1844), in which Jack sells his cow to a fairy for beans, and then says to her "I look upon you as my Beany-factor." It was followed by "The Children in the Wood," "The Dragon of Wantley," "Legend of Spring," "Antigone Travestie," and "See Saw Margery Daw." The prolific Blanchard wrote for Drury Lane Theatre from 1852 to 1888. Thanks to this witty author, the English "pantomime" - which was initially a small part of a theatrical evening during the Christmas season - grew more important. Writing for "The Daily Telegraph," Blanchard was also one of the foremost theatrical critics of his day.

1870 circa 5 years
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