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Costume design

Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    London (painted)

  • Date:

    1978 (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 Aladdin in Aladdin, showing a full length greyish haired androgynous figure, wearing a long sleeved, high necked tunic, the body in blackish-green, the shoulder fastening, shoulders and hem edged in white, the neck decorated with scroll patterns in white, the wide sleeves of a pale grey fabric decorated with white flower patterns towards the cuffs, with calf length wide legged dark green breeches, and a small, close fitting, white and blackish-green hat. The design is signed and dated and on the reverse is inscribed with the name of the actor and the character.

Place of Origin

London (painted)


1978 (painted)


Tingey, Cynthia (costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and gouache on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Cynthia Tingey - 78'
Signature; Lower left hand corner; Handwriting; Ink

'Dily Watling - Aladdin'
Textual information; Reverse; Handwriting; Pencil


Height: 373 mm, Width: 273 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, at the London Palladium, 20 December 1978. The production was directed by Dougie Squires. Dily Watling played Aladdin.

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 costume for a principal boy.

Descriptive line

Design by Cynthia Tingey for Aladdin in Aladdin, London Palladium, 1978


Gouache; Ink; Paper


Painting; Drawing (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Pantomime; Drag; Costume


Entertainment & Leisure; Pantomime; Designs

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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