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Costume Design

  • Object:

    Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    ca. 2007 (drawn)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brotherston, Lez, born 1961 (costume designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, ink, watercolour and felt tip pen on art board

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lez Brotherston

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Lez Brotherston is one of Britain's most interesting and prolific designers. He was born in Liverpool and trained at Central School of Art and Design, graduating in 1984. He worked extensively for Christopher Gable at Northern Ballet Theatre where he designed such works as Carmen, The Brontes and A Christmas Carol and has designed stage shows for French and Saunders and Victoria Wood. Lez is especially linked with Matthew Bourne's dance company New Adventures (formerly Adventures in Motion Pictures) for which he designed Highland Fling, Swan Lake, Edward Scissorhands, The Car Man and Cinderella. Lez Brotherston's costume designs for Into the Woods display his characteristic figures; often looking to the left, they strike a strong and distinct pose.

Physical description

The design depicts a full length female figure looking to the left wearing a calf length white dress with puff sleeves and yellow basque embroidered with plants and flowers. She wears a hooded red cloak, lace gloves and black buckled shoes and carries a wicker basket containing a blue and white checked cloth. Her hair is plaited into pigtails fastened by green bows. Beside the design are written the words, in gothic script, 'Red' and 'Once Upon...', and on a piece of paper stuck at the bottom left corner there is printed, also in gothic script, the logo for the play, 'Into the Woods'. It is drawn on a page torn from a spiral bound sketch book.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)


ca. 2007 (drawn)


Brotherston, Lez, born 1961 (costume designers)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, ink, watercolour and felt tip pen on art board


Height: 35.3 cm, Width: 45.4 cm

Object history note

An extensive collection of designs by Lez Brotherston was donated to the Theatre Museum by the artist in 2002. This design represents an addition to that collection and was donated by the artist in 2008. The design was executed for Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical Into the Woods, directed by Will Tuckett at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House in 2007.

Descriptive line

Costume design by Lez Brotherston for Little Red Riding Hood in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical Into the Woods, Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, 2007


Pencil; Ink; Water-colour; Felt tip pen; Art board


Drawing (image-making); Painting (image-making)


Entertainment & Leisure; Designs


Theatre and Performance Collection

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