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Costume design

Costume design

  • Place of origin:

    London (painted)

  • Date:

    1972 (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 Nurse Bunty Biddle in Babes in the Wood, showing two full length female figures, the left hand figure wearing a floor length, high necked, long sleeved nightdress in orange, the bodice trimmed with white bows and lace. She has her hair in two plaits with large orange bows. The right hand figure wears a vertically striped, long sleeved, calf length dress in black and orange with white cuffs over a white lace petticoat, a white pinafore, tied at the front with a bow, and a grey cap tied under the chin with a white bow. The background is painted in grey gouache. The design is signed and dated and on the reverse is inscribed with the name of the actor and the pantomime.

Place of Origin

London (painted)


1972 (painted)


Tingey, Cynthia (costume designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and gouache on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Cynthia Tingey -'72'
Signature; Lower left hand corner; Handwriting; Ink

'Julian Orchard - Babes in Wood.'
Textual information; Reverse; Handwriting; Pencil


Height: 376 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, Babes in the Wood, at the London Palladium, 19 December 1972. The production was directed by Albert J. Knight. Julian Orchard played Nurse Bunty Biddle.

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 Nurse Bunty Biddle in Babes in the Wood, London Palladium, 1972


Ink; Gouache; Paper


Painting; Drawing (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Costume; Drag; Pantomime


Entertainment & Leisure; Pantomime; Designs

Production Type



Theatre and Performance Collection

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