Pantomimes may be an essential part of Christmas for many families, but they are also an increasingly important source of revenue for theatres around the country.
According to John Costigan, managing director of the Gaiety theatre in Dublin, the panto is a core part of the Gaiety's business. This year's show, Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates, is the 16th consecutive pantomime that Costigan has produced.
Until 1996, two separate theatrical trading entities were responsible...
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