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Costume design

Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    London (painted)

  • Date:

    17/10/1964 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tingey, Cynthia (costume designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and gouache on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Cynthia Tingey

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Design for Widow Twankey in Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp, showing a full length female figure wearing a full length Chinese style nightdress in gold with orange spots and an enormous pegoda-look nightcap in the same patterned material. She carries a candle. The background is painted in dark brown gouache. The design is signed and dated and inscribed with the name of the character and the costume.

Place of Origin

London (painted)


17/10/1964 (painted)


Tingey, Cynthia (costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and gouache on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Widow Twankey's- / nightdress'
Textual information; Upper right hand corner; Handwriting; Ink

'Cynthia Tingey - '64 (17th Oct)'
Signature; Lower right hand corner; Handwriting; Ink


Height: 273 mm, Width: 173 mm

Object history note

This is one of a collection of designs for pantomime and cabaret, given to the Theatre Museum by the designer, Cynthia Tingey, who created the costumes for 15 of the annual London Palladium pantomimes. This design was made for the pantomime, Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp, at the London Palladium, 22 December 1964. The production was directed by Albert J. Knight. Arthur Askey played Widow Twankey.

Historical significance: An example of pantomime costume design of the second half of the 20th century and of the work of a designer who specialised in pantomime and variety design. It is also an example of a design for a pantomime dame.

Descriptive line

Design by Cynthia Tingey for Widow Twankey in her nightdress in Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp, London Palladium, 1964


Gouache; Ink; Paper


Painting; Drawing (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Costume; Drag; Pantomime


Entertainment & Leisure; Pantomime; Designs

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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